Ekka under 100: Less than $100 for a family of four
The Ekka 2020 has been cancelled
It is just the third time in the Ekka’s 143-year history that the show has been cancelled. It was previously cancelled in 1919 due to the Spanish Flu epidemic and in 1942 when the grounds were used as a World War II staging depot. The Ekka looks forward to bringing the community together once again in 2021.
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We know, we know … taking your family out for the day can get pretty pricey, and if you’re watching your dollars the idea of heading somewhere as action-packed as the Ekka can feel a little overwhelming. Fear not! We show you how to do Brisbane’s Ekka under $100 … including your tickets and transport.
You can use this as a guide to have a super frugal and super fun day at the Ekka OR you can mix and match these completely FREE activities below with some treats that cost a few dollars. This guide will help you know where to get the best bargains to make your Ekka dollars go further than last year’s!
Preparation is key
Before you come to the show, this is what you need to do:
- Purchase your Ekka tickets online before Ekka eve – you can buy a Family Value Pack for $80. Click here to see the latest ticket discounts.
- Pack your lunch and drinks – pack a picnic lunch and dinner, plus some snacks and drinks. There are water foundations around the Showgrounds so you can refill your water bottle throughout the day. Maybe think about bringing a pull along trolley (like the ones you take to the markets) so you don’t need to carry it around on your shoulder all day.
- Grab the Showguide liftout from the Courier Mail and take a look at the daily program for the day you want to come to Ekka. Be sure to pack this on the day too. See our top showbag picks here.
- Consider using Public Transport to get to and from Ekka. With your Ekka ticket, you can travel from anywhere in Brisbane to Ekka for $6 return per adult and $3 return per child – that’s a total of $18 for the family. On the weekends KIDS TRAVEL FREE!
- Or if you drive in, get cheap Ekka parking with our friends at Secure Parking from $15 for night parking (make sure you use our code)!
Plan your Ekka under 100 day
10am: After having a good breaky at home, arrive at Ekka and head straight to one of the free kids shows on the Community Stage. There are always shows on to choose from! Not to be missed – the PJ Masks Stage Show!
For various timings – you can see all the details here.
Location: Community Stage and varied
10.45am: Next stop – the Old Museum! There’s plenty to see and do for grownups and kids alike. Last year (2018) there was a mini maze! This year you can catch the Little Backyard Farmers Exhibit. This is where kids learn about future sustainability practices. They’ll search for eggs, match colours, dig in a veggie patch, harvest, water and learn about composting and recycling!
Location: Old Museum – Flower and Garden Pavilion
11:00am: Check out the Heritage Bank Racing Pigs! Go, lil Squealer, Go! (They’ll also be racing at different points during the day! Oink!)
Location: Stockman’s Rest
11.30am: Next stop Agricultural Hall
This place is A-MAZ-ING… and not to be missed. It provides hours and hours of free entertainment for kids of all ages – they have somehow managed to scale the entertainment for littlies, up to big kids. The littlies have things to play with, the bigger kids will enjoy the play, but also learn in the process. There are two levels in the Agricultural Education Hall, downstairs is the Agricultural Education area (with lots of fun activities) and you’ll find heaps of fun but different educational activities upstairs.
Location: Agricultural Hall
Families Hot Tip: (If it is not too early for you) adults can take advantage of the free wine (taste testing) in the same area where this show is on… and this building has some of the best air-conditioning you will find at the Ekka!
3.30 – 4.30pm: Make your way downstairs and across the road to the ground level of the Royal ICC. Go back to the Agricultural Hall for more fun – you won’t regret it!
Location: Lower level, Royal International Convention Centre
Families Hot Tip: This could be your toilet stop. There are toilets on the upper and lower level of the Royal ICC. Good for a pitstop before the NiteShow! Royal International Convention Centre
4.30 -5.30pm: If the kids have any pocket money they have been saving for Showbags – now is the time to get them!
Location: Showbag Pavilion – optional depending on if the kids have pocket money to spend.
Cost: Up to you!
Families Hot Tip: You can read all about the Ekka showbags here.
5.30pm: Make your way to Gourmet Plaza, take a seat and enjoy the dinner you have packed from home.
Location: Gourmet Plaza, outside the Royal International Convention centre
6pm – 8pm: EKKANITES! Make your way to the Main Arena to get your seat for the Night Show Spectacular! Remember there will be a 6.05pm fireworks display for families. These last for approximately 10 minutes.
Families Hot Tip: Let the kids rummage through any show bags that might have bought to keep them entertained between shows in the main arena while they wait for the fireworks.
Location: Main Arena
7.40-8pm: Stay seated for the best FIREWORKS you have ever seen – the Ekka fireworks Spectacular!
Location: Main Arena
8.30pm: THE DAY IS DONE. Head home for a good night’s sleep. Time for bed!
$80 for a Family Value Pass + $18 for bus/rail transport + $2 for animal nursery food.