Each summer, the Thurber House lawn plays host to a series of outdoor literary picnics and readings with authors who have an Ohio connection. Join us for this long-running tradition of good friends, good food, and great books!

If you decide to order the delicious picnic dinner, you will receive a fresh individually boxed meal – true picnic style. You are also free to bring your own dinner and drinks, including alcoholic beverages.

Please bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets. All picnics are held at Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Avenue. For parking information, click here.


Starting at 5:30 pm:
Our young docents offer free guided tours of Thurber House.

5:30 pm – 6:40 pm:
You may pick up your pre-ordered boxed dinner at any point within this time frame. If you would like to order dinner from us, please make your reservation by noon on the Friday before the picnic. If you choose to bring your own dinner, we invite you to picnic on the lawn with us.

6:45 pm:
The program begins. Thurber House remains open after the reading for touring, book buying, and signing.

Inclement Weather:
In case of rain, join us at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue.

Mid Ohio Foodbank

Thurber House proudly supports the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Please consider bringing any canned or boxed goods you can spare when you attend any of our picnics this summer.