Held over ten days 11-20 August
Heading to Brisbane? The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is Queensland’s largest annual event which is not to be missed. Held over ten days, Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane.
The Ekka has been bringing the country and city together since 1876, to celebrate and champion agriculture and the critical role it plays in our everyday lives. This year marks the 140th show, and more than 400,000 people are expected to come together to celebrate Queensland’s most loved annual event to indulge in entertainment, agriculture, award winning food and wine and much more.
The Ekka showcases the best of Queensland with animal competitions, the finest award-winning food and wine, live entertainment, carnival fun, family entertainment, education activities and more.
There is something for everyone including a Children’s Carnival which offers hours of family-friendly amusements sure to delight those young at heart.
The Ekka is held at Brisbane Showgrounds and is located at 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
HISTORY OF EKKA
Bowen Park was chosen in January 1876 as the site for the first show. The park covered 6.8 hectares bordered by Bowen Bridge Road, Gregory Terrace and a creek which ran through the middle of what now is the main arena.
The first ‘Intercolonial Exhibition’ show was held from 22-26 August and 17,000 people attended out of a Brisbane population of 22,000.
The first ‘Royal’ Shows was held in 1921 when the Association was granted the prefix under warrant from His Majesty King George V. Since then the shortened name ‘EKKA’ has replaced ‘Exhibition’
Famous for is mix of entertainment, agriculture and food and wine, Today, Ekka runs for ten days and attracts about half a million visitors every August.