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 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 4:00 pm on the Monday before the picnic.

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.