Wikipedia:Wiknic

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The Great American Wiknic is the annual "picnic anyone can edit" being held on weekend dates in July 2016 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 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 various 2011 -2015 events (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!

This page can also be reached at the shorter domain name wiknic.org

We also encourage Wiknickers to join the regional WikiConference USA in San Diego, California later in the year, on October 7 - 10, 2016.

Great American Wiknic picnic meetups by region (2016)[edit]

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The 2016 Great American Wiknic will be held on weekend dates in July, with a focus on the weekend of July 9-10, 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.

A Great American Wiknic Google calendar is available: Calendar IDICSHTML

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

Northeast[edit]

Midwest[edit]

West[edit]

Southeast[edit]

The rest of the world[edit]

  • Guadalajara On July 17th at the Colomos Park

India[edit]

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.

2011[edit]

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:

2012[edit]

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
  • Possible cities under discussion
Possibly Ann Arbor with ArborWiki folks

2013[edit]

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

2014[edit]

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

2015[edit]

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

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Wiknic at Wikimedia Commons