15 FREE EKKA Public Holiday Ideas | EKKA Holiday Brisbane Dates 2020!

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Looking for FREE EKKA public holiday 2020 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 2020?

The EKKA holiday is usually celebrated on the middle Wednesday of the 10 day show. However, this year, 2020 will be different.

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

  • Brisbane City Council USUALLY celebrates show day on Wednesday 12th August 2020
  • Redland City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020
  • Logan City Council celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020
  • Moreton Region celebrates show on Monday 10 August 2020

But… the million dollar question is:

Will we still get the EKKA holiday in 2020?

The answer is YES! We WILL still get the EKKA Wednesday show day in Brisbane.

However this year, the EKKA holiday for Brisbane City Council area will be Friday 14th August, 2020.

15 FREE EKKA Public Holiday 2020 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.  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!

Eumundi Markets

Pack a picnic and head up the coast to the markets.  The Eumundi Markets has a diverse and amazing range of art, craft, products, entertainment and local produce. 8am – 1.30pm.

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

The Daisy Hill Conservation Park comprises 435 hectares of open eucalypt forest. It has long been a popular bushland retreat for people, and is home to many native animals including koalas.  Resident koalas can be seen from two different level viewing boardwalks at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.  10am – 4pm.

Storytime at a non BCC library

Why not try a new library in the Moreton Region, Redlands or Logan?  Where do you find once upon a time and happily ever after? At your library storytime! Go along and listen to stories, sing songs and share books with your child. Storytime is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.

Go along and experience the magic of stories with your child at the library. Join in with picture books, songs and rhymes. These sessions are free EKKA public holiday idea for kids and no bookings are required.  Check the website for session times.

Alexandra Headland Skate Park - free Ekka public holiday

Skate parks

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

Grand Avenue Ekka Fun Day | Forest Lake

This year’s Grand Avenue State School Ekka Fun Day is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Bring the family for a fantastic day out with heaps of awesome funfair rides for all ages, food options, market stalls, drinks, sweets, games and much more. 11am to 6pm – entry is free! 

Island Fashion at GOMA | South Bank

Island Fashion

Visit the Children’s Art Centre to explore fashion and adornment through creative hands-on and multimedia activities created by artists from Australia and the Pacific especially for children and families. Join in a paper folding activity by Grace Lillian Lee, design your own textile pattern in a multimedia interactive by Letila Mitchell, and create a wearable accessory inspired by the work of Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James.

Dino Zoo | Gardens Point

Ever wanted to meet a dinosaur? Dino Zoo at The Cube is the closest you can get to the real thing – minus the danger of being eaten! Our life-sized dinosaurs are the most scientifically accurate portrayals of these creatures in the world. And, thanks to artificial intelligence, our dinosaurs will even behave like the real thing, based on a set of behavioural parameters for each species. This is the first time that these dinosaurs have been portrayed to this level of accuracy using current movement studies as well as matching their locomotion and stride to existing trackways. A great free Ekka public holiday idea for kids.

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.

5 responses to “15 FREE EKKA Public Holiday Ideas | EKKA Holiday Brisbane Dates 2020!”

  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!?

  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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