THINGS TO DO: What's new for Ekka 2017

09 August 2017
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Ekka is fast approaching and there's a number of exciting new events and offers that will be of special interest to Brisbane families!

This year, there will be a half price Twilight Ticket, plus a special early Children’s Fireworks presented by MG Motor at 6pm, in addition to the famous night show fireworks finale at 7.40pm, when the Ekka comes to town from August 11 to 20 at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

The Half Price Twilight tickets will get you entry to the show from6pm onwards, allowing you to watch the sun go down, take in the fireworks and enjoy the amazing food on offer. The 6pm Children's Fireworks means kids won't have to wait up past their bedtime to see spectacular fireworks light up the Ekka sky. Inspired by the colours of the stunning Queensland Great Barrier Reef bright coloured pyrotechnics designed especially for the show will fire high into the sky to replicate the beautiful corals. Giant kites will swim and sway effortlessly through the sky, while stilt walkers will be beautifully themed in flowing ocean costumes. 

Here's an outline of some of the top picks for families at the 2017 Ekka:


The Main Arena will come alive each night of show with the spectacular never before seen night show EkkaNITES, featuring world firsts and great family entertainment. The world-class show will feature the early Children’s Fireworks presented by MG Motor at 6pm; a brand new fireworks finale spectacular featuring world first human stilt performers shooting pyrotechnics off their backs at 7.40pm; the never before seen Rooftop Express Brumby Muster featuring 30 horses and a talented kid from the bush; a death-defying world first Jaws of Death Aerial Straight Jacket Escape by renowned escape artist Sam Powers; fearless FMX riders and airborne Monster Trucks.

Bananas in Pyjamas Live Show

Another act that promises to be a hit with the kids is Australia's favourite mischievous twins, Bananas in Pyjamas. The Bananas in Pyjamas Live Show, will feature songs from their iconic Australian TV series and some fun dance routines which the kids can follow along with.

Feathered Friends Bird Flight Show

For the very first time at Ekka, six of Australia’s most beautiful bird species will take flight as they soar across the audience and show off their unique personalities. The crowd will watch on in awe as these stunning birds, including the endangered Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, free-fly right above their heads to take centre stage. 

XPOGO Stunt Team

The world’s best extreme pogo demo crew are bouncing over from the USA and will reach new heights as they fly through the air and even jump a vehicle. 

Tickets are 15 per cent off online up until Ekka eve and remain the same price as last year for the 10 days of show if you buy online. Visit to buy tickets and view the full line up.

We're also currently giving you a chance to win a family pass to the Ekka - enter the competition here

Head to our event pages for some other great things to do!

Photo: Flickr/Andrew Sutherland

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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