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The Great American Wiknic is the annual "picnic anyone can edit" being held on weekend dates in July 2019 in cities across the United States, with local organization of each event.

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Wiknic participants in San Francisco, June 2011
Wiknic participants in Boston, June 23, 2012
The Great Colorado Wiknic on Sunday, August 7, 2016
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The Wiknic is the picnic anyone can edit, with people bringing their own picnic food and perhaps other items to share. Suggestions are offered by the page for New York City's first Wiknic and the announcements for the previous events shown below.

Wiknics are:

  • Easy to organize, even for old Wikipedians
  • Welcoming to everyone, even for new Wikipedians and Wikipedian-wannabes
  • Fun!

In short, a Wiknic can be a great easy-in to real life Wikipedia culture, and lead to greater wiki-community and outreach in your corner of the country! The suggested date for Wiknics is around the July 28/29 weekend, but Wiknics may be held on any convenient date. This page can also be reached at the shorter domain name

Great American Wiknic picnic meetups by region (2019)[edit]

The 2019 Great American Wiknic will be held on weekend dates in July, with a focus on the weekend of July 13/14, with local groups feeling free to choose a differing date so as to make the meetup more convenient for their attendees.

With grassroots organizing help from local Wikipedia:Meetup groups and the Wikimedians Active in Local Regions of the United States (WALRUS) committee...

Everyone is encouraged to start a Wiknic page for their own city, and please sign up both at your city's meetup page (in bold), as well as on this page. Be sure that it is in this format: City, Location, Day, Date (Month, Day, Year), Time (00:00 AM/PM)

Please watch this page for future updates and for new cities being added.

If you have questions about getting help for event planning for a new city, please ask on the Wiknic discussion page.





The rest of the world[edit]

  • Add your city here!

2019 microgrants for US Strategy Wiknics[edit]

Great American Wiknic celebrants have an opportunity in 2019 for a $250 microgrant to support a Strategy Wiknic to be held from July to September 15.

Participating Wiknics should pick one or two of the set questions from Working Groups discussions to focus on, and fill out the microgrant application.

We can support 4 cities, if you are interested please contact Wikimedia NYC or leave a note on the Wiknic discussion page.

Start an event for your city[edit]

To jumpstart a Wiknic in your city or town, feel free to copy-and-paste the example text below (adjust placenames accordingly!) - ideally include the town, event date, park name, and the local wiki-meetup page Frostbite Falls, Minnesota : June 22 - Great Moose Park - Wikipedia:Meetup/Moosylvania/Wiknic

Ask any questions at Wikipedia talk:Wiknic. It is an amazing event for anyone!

History and development[edit]

The first national Wiknic was held in June 2011, and 16 cities took part with Wiknics large and small. The Wiknic concept was modeled on the Wikipedia 10 celebrations and on the past success of Wiknics in New York City, and has inspired other large-scale coordinated events like Wikipedia Loves Libraries and Wiki Loves Monuments in the United States.


List of 2018 Wiknics
  • Northeast
  • West
  • Southeast
  • Atlanta - Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville, GA, Sunday, August 26, 2018, 11 AM - 2 PM EST
  • Tampa - Arthenia L. Joyner Library (Indoor Wiknic), Saturday, August 25, 2018, 12-3 PM EST


List of 2017 Wiknics
  • Northeast
  • Midwest
  • West


List of 2016 Wiknics
  • Northeast
  • Midwest
  • West
  • Southeast
  • The rest of the world
  • Mexico
  • Guadalajara On July 17th at the Colomos Park
  • India


List of 2015 Wiknics
  • Northeast
  • West and Southwest
  • Southeast


List of 2014 Wiknics

The 2014 Great American Wiknic was held on July 6th (and nearby dates).

  • Northeast
  • Mid-Atlantic
  • Midwest
  • West and Southwest
  • Southeast
  • Atlanta, Georgia Sunday, July 6th 2014
  • Miami, Florida area proposed ideas under discussion:
  • Valrico, Florida. Lithia Ridge park Sunday July 6th 2014
  • murfeesboro TN, henery horton state park, wednesday july 9th 2014!
  • The rest of the world


List of 2013 Wiknics

The 2013 Great American Wiknic was held on Sat, June 22 (and nearby dates).

  • Northeast
  • Mid-Atlantic
  • Midwest
  • Southern Indiana Wiknic - Bloomington, Indiana (June 15)
  • Minnesota Wiknic - Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 22)
  • Chicago Wiknic - Chicago, Illinois (June 22)
  • St. Louis, Missouri - June 22, 10:30am - Turtle Playground in Forest Park + stroll through the Saint Louis Zoo.
  • Metro Detroit Wiknic - Detroit, Michigan (June 22) Any wiki variety invited, we can wiki with the wikipedians :-)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio - June 22, 11:30am - Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park.
  • Possible event: Downtown Muskegon, Michigan : June 22 - Heritage Landing - Near playground
  • Possible event: Marquette,Michigan, : June 22 - Harlow Park - Wikipedia:Meetup/Marquette/Wiknic
  • Possible event: Lansing, Michigan : June 22 - Patriarch Park - Wikipedia:Meetup/Lansing/Wiknic
  • Possible event: Wichita, Kansas : June 22 - Riverside Park- Wikipedia:Meetup/Wichita/Wiknic
  • West and Southwest
  • Southeast
  • Texas


List of 2012 Wiknics

The 2012 Great American Wiknic was held on June 23 (and nearby dates), by a happy coincidence also Alan Turing's Centennial.

  • Northeast
  • Mid-Atlantic
  • Midwest
  • South
  • West


List of 2011 Wiknics
Map of U.S. urban areas with local events scheduled for the 2011 Great American Wiknic.

With grassroots organizing help from local Wikipedia:Meetup groups and the Wikimedians Active in Local Regions of the United States (WALRUS) committee, 16 Wiknic events were held throughout the United States around June 25, 2011:

  • Northeast
  • Midwest
  • West
  • Press coverage of 2011 events:

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Wiknic at Wikimedia Commons