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Pine Rivers Show for Family Friendly Fun this Year

One of the biggest exhibitions on the Northside, the Pine Rivers Show is a grand extravaganza that the whole family can enjoy. The show features a host of activities, rides, displays, concerts and competitions that everyone is sure to love.

When is it on?

Running from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August 2023, the Pine Rivers Show is an action-packed festival that takes more than one day to be fully appreciated. The 2023 show opening times are as follows:

  • Friday 4th August | 9am-10pm
  • Saturday 5th August | 9am-10pm
  • Sunday 6th August | 9am-4pm

How much does it cost?

The prices for the Pine Rivers Show vary, but there are affordable options for families. Tickets can be purchased only at the Entry Gates (Eftpos available). Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (from high school and above) and pensioners. For those with primary age children or younger, you’ll be happy to know that entry for them is free.

What is there to do at the show?

Like the EKKA, the Pine Rivers show offers up a weekend’s worth of fun and excitement.

Rides and Games

The Pine Rivers Show train ride filled with people

Like any good exhibition, the Pine Rivers Show has heaps of fun carnival rides and games. Along with an assortment of fun rides, the Pine Rivers show will have its own Side Show Alley, featuring a multitude of carnival games, including the famous laughing clowns, everyone can have a go and hopefully win a prize! Plus there will be seven Show Bag Vans to choose from selling bags from $2 up to around $30.

The Pine Rivers Show has set aside a dedicated area, especially for smaller children. So you won’t have to worry about your little ones getting trampled or scared in the louder, bigger Side Show Alley area. Rides are an additional cost not included in the ticket price.

While you’re at the show, catch the popular Club Pine Rivers Train around the Family Entertainment Area.


There is a huge variety of shows on offer at the aptly named Pine Rivers Show.

Like others shows, it will feature some of the more traditional exhibition shows. This includes dog shows on Friday and Saturday, woodchop on Saturday and Sunday, and a Saturday night rodeo too. There will also be some delightful performances including shows – like the Eljay Freestyle motorcycle and bicycle stunt show which takes place across the three-day event – and roving entertainers.

Ashtons Circus will also be performing a daring acrobatic show on the Wheel of Steel, located in the main arena, with three shows on Friday, four on Saturday, and two on Sunday.

Of course, no exhibition is complete without a spectacular fireworks display. Held on Friday and Saturday night, colourful fireworks will light up the night to the awe and wonder of the show crowds. Be sure to stay until night so you don’t miss it! Firework times are 8pm Friday and 9pm Saturday.


Like the EKKA, the Pine Rivers Show has plenty of exhibitions for the general public to peruse. Along with the common exhibitions, such as livestock and fruits and vegetables, there is also photography, needlework and a variety of food and arts and crafts. It’s always a blast checking out some of the amazing work that has been created by members of the local community, so be sure to give it a peek.

For the kids, there are exhibitions which have been created by other children along with lots of children’s competitions that include cookery, photography, poultry, needlework and floral art. Don’t miss the Lego Competition in the Main Showgrounds Hall.

Interested in being part of these competitions? Read below to find out how you or your kids can participate.

Can we enter any of the exhibitions?

The Pine Rivers Show offers the chance for the public to enter in a huge variety of competitions with the chance of winning prizes. From flower arranging to fruit and vegetable displays to art and crafts showcases and photography. Each competition has a different cut-off time and a different price for entry, so for more information check out the main website.

The Pine Rivers Show also offers children the chance to participate in these exhibitions. The schedule for the children’s exhibitions includes arts and crafts, cooking, funny shaped vegetables, floral plates, photography and best decorated egg. Like their adult counterparts, entry conditions vary for each competition so be sure to check the main website for more details.

How do I get to the Pine Rivers Show?

people attending pine rivers show

The Pine Rivers Show is located at the Pine Rivers Showgrounds at Lawnton, in the Moreton Bay Region. There are plenty of ways to get there. For drivers, the showgrounds is only 20 minutes away from the Brisbane CBD. There is plenty of street parking surrounding the showgrounds. The showgrounds are also within walking distance of Lawnton Train Station. It’s the perfect option for families who don’t want the hassle of a long drive. There are also a couple of bus stops near the showgrounds, check the Translink website for up to date information.

The Pine Rivers Show is one of the most spectacular shows on the north side of Brisbane. Be sure not to miss it this year!

Looking for more family fun? Check out list of all the family friendly festivals around Brisbane here.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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