The Royal Queensland Show, or Ekka as it’s most commonly known, is Queensland’s largest annual event. Held over ten full days, the Ekka showcases the quintessential Queensland life, bringing visitors from all across the state and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. The Ekka began in 1876 and is now Queensland’s most celebrated event. This year marks the 141st show and brings with it a variety of talent, culture, produce, fun and entertainment.
This year’s Ekka offers up more than 350 showbags in the Showbag Pavilion, a huge range of amusements and attractions down Sideshow Alley, a variety of daily entertainment and performances across the Brisbane Showgrounds. Returning in 2018 is the much-loved night time entertainment program, EkkaNITES, running every night of the show from 5:00–8:00 pm.
In addition to the favourites, the Ekka will be introducing some new features across its ten days of activity in 2018. New features include two fireworks shows, half-price entry after twilight, a brand new night show called EkkaNITES, a brand new pendulum ride aptly called The Beast, Australia’s first rotating gondola ferris wheel, a high dive show, performances from the Xpogo Stunt Team, bird flight shows, fashion parades, and much more.
Whether you’re going for the art, fashion, food, animals, performances, or amusements, you’ll get to experience Queensland’s best on show over two full weekends.