The Royal Queensland Show is finally returning for nine days of show bags, rides, giant vegetables, cute animals and strawberry sundaes for the first time since 2019.
July 18, 2022
After two years of cancellations, Brisbane Showgrounds will give the city a big winter taste of normality come August. Yes, the Royal Queensland Show, aka the Ekka, is finally set to make a comeback after its 2020 and 2021 events were scrapped due to the pandemic. Get ready for rides, show bags, giant vegetables, cute animals and Brissie's favourite dessert: those coveted strawberry sundaes.
If you're feeling a bit rusty about the Ekka after the event's hiatus, there's a reason that it comes with its own midweek public holiday. Brisbanites are set free from work to rush to the Royal Queensland Show, fill themselves up with fried and sugary goodness, then brave the rides and gaze at the fireworks.
While this year's day off falls on Wednesday, August 10, the Ekka still runs for its usual nine days between Saturday, August 6–Sunday, August 14. That means plenty of time to enjoy sideshows, animal competitions, cooking demonstrations, live music and more — patting pigs, crashing dodgems, throwing balls in a clown's mouth for a prize and taking home all the Bertie Beetles you can eat all included.
More than 400 different types of show bags will be up for grabs, ranging in price from $2–125 each, and the evening Ekka Nites lineup will provide live performances when the sun goes down.
One big change for this year: you can only buy tickets online, and you have to nominate the day you'll be attending when you purchase. This helps the RNA manage capacity, for obvious reasons.