15 FREE EKKA Public Holiday Ideas | EKKA Holiday Brisbane Dates 2021!

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Looking for FREE EKKA public holiday 2021 ideas?

We’ve compiled an awesome list of things to do on the EKKA public holiday in Brisbane. These ‘non- EKKA’ ideas are family friendly and FREE!

When is the EKKA holiday in 2021?

The EKKA holiday is usually celebrated on the middle Wednesday of the 10 day show. 

Here is a list of which dates the EKKA public holiday is historically celebrated on in each region in greater Brisbane:

  • Brisbane City Council USUALLY celebrates show day on Wednesday 12th August 
  • Redland City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 
  • Logan City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 
  • Moreton Region celebrates show on Monday 10 August 

But… the million dollar question is:

15 FREE EKKA Public Holiday 2021 ideas

Here are our picks of the best things to do for free this EKKA public holiday …

Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland.

The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. We aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world – past, present and future, through exhibitions, displays and public programs. 

Until August 31, the Queensland Museum is also running a fun Scavenger Hunt for children. Find out more here.

9.30am – 5.00pm. A great free Ekka public holiday idea for kids.

Museum of Brisbane

Rather than a museum of fossils and old bones, Museum of Brisbane is part of the living history of the city, examining how Brisbane and its people continue to change over time and revealing how each of our individual and collective stories are the milestones of the city’s evolution.

The Museum explores seemingly ordinary people and places of Brisbane to uncover unexpected and fascinating stories. The City Hall clock tower is the most iconic feature of the building and an important landmark and timekeeper for the city. The clock tower is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free. Obtain a ticket in person on the day at the Museum of Brisbane reception counter on Level 3.

Brisbane bike adventures

Family Cycling

Take advantage of this beautiful weather while it is not too hot and not too cold.  Discover some of Brisbane’s most beautiful and spectacular bike rides in Brisbane Bike Adventures. From bay to forest they have mapped out some of our favourite places to ride for fun and fitness. A great free Ekka public holiday idea for you and the kids.

Fishing platforms

free Ekka public holiday ideas

Another great idea for this time of year is to spend the day fishing.  Enjoy land-based recreational fishing from fishing platforms located in Brisbane City Council parks and reserves across the city. This free Ekka public holiday idea will take some planning, so quick quick!

City Hall Clock Tower Tours | Brisbane

Enjoy the old-world charm of our Clock Tower tours. Step into the original 1930s hand-operated lift, travel past the Art Deco-styled clock face to arrive at the final, 64m-high platform for a bird’s-eye view of the city. There is a reason this has been a time-honoured tradition for Brisbane families for almost 90 years.

Tickets are free and allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain a ticket in person on the day of your visit at the Museum of Brisbane reception on level 3 of Brisbane City Hall. Only eight people can fit into the lift, including the lift operator. We advise you to arrive early to avoid disappointment – particularly during school holidays and public holidays. Museum of Brisbane.

Discover a new park

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to play spaces for kids, but where are the most AMAZING playgrounds in South East Queensland? We think we know where some of them are but we bet we didn’t catch them all. Take a look and see what you’d add to our lilst (and what you’d take off!).

Colour – See the World in a  new Light | Ipswich

Colour - See the World in a New Light

See colour as you’ve never seen it before! Is your yellow the same as mine? How do pixels and paint differ? Have you ever wanted to see UV light like an insect? Visit the Room of Missing Colours and hear fascinating stories from people who see colour when they hear music. Discover Colour and see the world in a new light! 

Engage with more than 25 interactive experiences, ranging from coloured bubbles to iridescent insects to colour illusions. Explore how light influences colour, and compare your perception of colour with your family and friends. ‘See like a bee’ with the ultraviolet camera; take a high-resolution image of your eye; and see glowing quantum nanomaterials that change their colour with crystal size. The exhibition will show the power colour has on the choices we make every day, and on our responses to our environment. Ipswich Art Gallery.

Skate parks

Alexandra Headland Skate Park

Do your children nag you to go to the skate park like mine, but they always seem so crowded?  Take advantage of the areas in Brisbane that do not have a public holiday on Wednesday and visit a skate park.  They should be quieter and your little ones can experiment to their heart’s content.


We keep telling you about this amazing activity because you MUST try it.  You will not regret it and the children will love it. The weather is perfect for this.  Geocaching is the free high-tech treasure hunt where you use your GPS receiver to find caches hidden by other players. It’s a great way to be outdoors, enjoy the environment and revel in the thrill of the hunt! Read our article

Climb a Mountain!

Mt Coolum perches majestically looking down on the Sunshine Coast and surveying the entire area around. So is climbing to the top WITH KIDS completely out of the question? Here’s our advice on what to know before you go!

Now is the Time | South Brisbane

Now is the Time

Raquel Ormella invites children to speak up about climate change and the environment in her upcoming exhibition at the Children’s Art Centre. Children can design a protest t-shirt, create a poster and cast a vote for what they care about. Now is the Time also includes a cumulative message-board allowing children to share their thoughts with other visitors.

Raquel highlights Australia’s long history of environmental activism with a timeline featuring historical protest songs, photos and posters. The exhibition also includes a video made in collaboration with Junction Park State School students sharing their views about climate action with the artist. GOMA

Ekka Virtual Animal Nursery | Online

EKKA 2020 360 BABY

Join the 360° Baby online for a virtual visit to the RACQ Animal Nursery! Although guests will be visiting online, the RACQ Animal Nursery aims to make them feel like they’re right here with the animals. Get up close and personal with loveable farm animals and see what cheeky things they get up to!

Daily, 7-17 Aug.

Visit Roma Street Parkland

Roma Street Parkland Playground

Have you been to Roma Street Parkland lately?  There have been some changes that are very worth checking out!  We have put together a great review to help you plan a day trip.

Go Climb a Tree

So where exactly are the best climbing trees in Brisbane? Everyone can agree that one of the best things to do as a child is climb trees. From scaling massive tree trunks and swinging on its branches to looking down at the park below, it’s easy to understand why it is such a popular hobby among children of all ages. Want to give your kids a chance to scale some of the best climbing trees in Brisbane? Keep reading to discover the top seven places in Brisbane to climb trees.

Have some Free Fun at Home

Keeping kids entertained doesn’t have to be expensive, read this to learn budget friendly fun things to do with kids! Every child is different and will have diverse interests, this includes siblings! Just because they are related does not mean they will enjoy the same activities. Before you go and spend unnecessary money on games, try these activities!

5 responses to “15 FREE EKKA Public Holiday Ideas | EKKA Holiday Brisbane Dates 2021!”

  1. Meryl says:

    The photo that’s in the article….where is this please? Looks awesome I know without a doubt my boys would absolutely LOVE it!?

    • Families Magazine Brisbane says:

      Hi Meryl,
      The photo was taken at Rock Riverside Park – 17 Mile Rocks.

  2. Regina says:

    I can recommend the Northside Fun Fair if you want an Ekka experience without the crowds and big costs. The circus was great (especially as it is free). We didn’t see the fireworks as they were a bit late for us, but I have heard they are good. Still expect to spend a pretty penny on food and rides though!

  3. Myheartisinherts says:

    Great list – will try the geocaching!

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