Ekka People's Day 2019

National and Public Holidays in Queensland, Australia Public Holiday in Queensland

Royal Queensland Show, Brisbane. Image: The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland

When is Ekka People's Day?

How long until Ekka People's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 83 Days.
Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2020 Wednesday
2019 Wednesday
2018 Wednesday
2017 Wednesday
2016 Wednesday
1 Day
The Royal National Agricultural (RNA) Show Day (Brisbane only) is usually held on the second Wednesday in August except when there are five Wednesdays in August when it is held on the third Wednesday.

Ekka People's Day is officially the Royal National Agricultural (RNA) Show Day and a public holiday in Brisbane only.

Ekka People's Day is held on the Wednesday during the RNA Show period. The RNA Show commences on the first Friday in August, unless the first Friday is prior to 5 August, then it commences on the second Friday of August.

History of Ekka

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is the largest and most loved annual event in Queensland, attracting on average 400,000 people to the Brisbane Showgrounds over the 10 days of the show.

The show celebrates agriculture in the region and feature competitions for animals from cows to cats and for prize vegetables and traditional skills like wood chopping. There is also a popular fun fair with a Ferris wheel. Visitors can be seen snacking on Dagwood Dogs, a corn dog, or buying bags of candies and treats called showbags.

The show began back in 1876, which was a public holiday,  and has taken place each year since, with the exception of 1919 (Spanish Flu) and 1942 (World War II).

The first 'Royal' Show took place in 1921, after the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland was granted the Royal prefix under warrant from His Majesty King George V.

The name 'Ekka' is a shortened version of the Queensland pronunciation of 'Exhibition'.

The public holiday always takes place on a Wednesday. This is at the request of the RNA who organise the Show Day.

Queensland Show Holidays

Ekka is a public holiday only in Brisbane, which is by far the biggest city in Queensland.

Across Queensland, each city, shire and community will observe a public holiday on different Show Days. 93 different regions observe Show Holidays on 43 days through the year. Rather than detail all that information on our site, we show the Show Holidays dates for the four largest cities in Queensland after Brisbane below. We recommend visiting the Queensland Government Show Holiday page for full details.

City 2019 2018 2017 2016
Sunshine Coast 14 June 15 June 02 June 10 June
Townsville 01 July 02 July 03 July 04 July
Cairns 19 July 20 July 21 July 22 July
Toowoomba 28 March 12 April 30 March 07 April

Sources: Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA), Queensland Government

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