The Ekka begins on August 9 and if you’re wondering what’s free at this year’s show, well wonder no longer as I’ve compiled a list of 20 free things to see and do at this year’s Ekka.

How about …

  1. Make farmyard friends at the RACQ Animal Nursery

  2. See more than three tonnes of reworks launched in the EkkaNITES supported by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Fireworks Spectacular at the Main Arena

  3. See some of the world’s best pinball wizards compete in the Brisbane Pinball Masters at the XXXX Stockmen’s Bar

  4. See more than 500 of the Ekka’s best animals on show in the iconic Grand Parade in the Main Arena

  5. Take a photo kissing your loved one under the Ekka Love sign – Gregory Terrace

  6. See the Woodchop and Sawing Competition in full swing at the Iron Jack Woodchop Arena

  7. Watch international stunt drivers showcase spectacular movie scenes in EkkaNITES in the Main Arena

  8. Create candles and creams using beeswax at the Queensland Beekeepers Association stand in the Agricultural Hall

  9. Check out the hair-larious Flower Beard Competition presented by Heritage Bank at the Old Museum

  10. Get inspiration for a birthday or wedding cake by checking out the decorated cake entries at the Lower Royal International Convention Centre

  11. Watch Olympic level riders compete in the Showjumping Competition in the Main Arena

  12. See Ekka’s most stylish men and women in the Fashions on the Field Competition presented by Moët & Chandon in the Main Arena

  13. Learn how wheat becomes a loaf of bread at the Grain Chain in the Agricultural Hall presented by Seqwater

  14. Plant seeds, harvest veggies and collect eggs at Little Backyard Farmers at The Old Museum

  15. Watch the Sheep Shearing in the Norco Shed

  16. See stunning quilts at Quilts Across Queensland at The Old Museum

  17. Watch the largest farriers and blacksmiths competition in the southern hemisphere at Expo Place

  18. See the Queensland Police Service Band of Blue rock out on the Multicultural Music Stage

  19. Watch the talented stars of Opera Queensland present the most recognisable hits of the opera world at the Fashion Stage

  20. Play a round of the fabulous Drag Queen Bingo at XXXX Stockmen’s Bar and Grill

Want to know what else is free at this year’s Ekka, don’t worry there are over 50 more free activities, which means you can keep your money to buy another strawberry sundae or perhaps a Bertie Beetle showbag. See the Ekka website for more free tings to see and do.

Ekka 2019

When – 9 to 18 August 2019

Where – Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills, Brisbane

Cost – various

Website –

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