It was a sad day when our beloved Ekka was cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. Sure, we might never actually go anymore (and let’s face it, we’re pretty stoked that it means the public holiday is now on Friday), but it’s a festive time of year nonetheless, and a year without the Ekka fireworks lighting up our skies is a sad year indeed.
So it’s pretty damn good news then, that those fireworks will be going ahead after all, as the Ekka has announced that it’s going online this year. What does that mean? Well, a heap of the Ekka’s fave attractions, including baby animals, farms, entertainment and agriculture will be available to watch online, from August 7–16, and it all kicks off with a fireworks display on Ekka eve that you can watch live on Channel 7 (or for real, if you live close enough to the showgrounds).
You’ll want to pop the event in your calendar, because throughout the week you could be learning how to bake perfect scones, catching up with an alpaca farmer or just watching fluffy ducklings from the comfort of your own home. But the best part? Strawberry sundaes and dagwood dogs will be available at several drive-through pop ups at the Brisbane Showgrounds and Bowen Hills. Hallelujah. If you’re quick, you can even pre-order a DIY strawberry sundae kit to take home—there’s enough for 20 sundaes, to share or keep all for yourself.
If you’re kinda pumped by the idea of being able to experience the Ekka without the crowds, the kids and the bone-chilling August winds, you can check out the full online event line up, and where to get those sundaes, here.
We hear you can also get all your favourite showbags online, as well as in IGAs throughout Brisbane—check them out here.
When: Friday 7–Sunday 16 August
Find out more here.
If you're looking for live events, the Brisbane Powerhouse has re-opened.
Image credit: Ekka