Picnics have since become a popular reference in a variety of medias.

"Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe" (Manet, 1866) (pictured above), often referred to as "The Picnic", depicts a luncheon scene. It is one of Manet's more celebrated pieces.

Roadside Picnic (Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, 1972), was the source for the film "Stalker" (1979) by Andrei Tarkovsky.

The film "Picnic", based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by William Inge, was a multiple Oscar winner from 1955.

Painting: Le Dejeuner Sur L'herbe- Manet

Picnic can be defined as an excursion at which a meal is eaten plein air (outdoors). They ideally take place at an open and visually captivting landscape such as on the coast, in a park, beside a lake or someplace with an interesting view. They are best held in warm weather, preferably late Spring or early Summer.

There are a variety of styles of picnics. They can be family-oriented, romantic, or large get-togethers.Some are combined with a cookout, normally consisting of grilling, barbecue, or a combination of both.

On romantic and family picnics a picnic basket and blanket (to sit or recline on) are usually brought along. Outdoor games or some other form of entertainment are common at large picnics.

Some picnics are potlucks, a meal during which each person contributes a dish to a common table for all to share, others are strictly BYOB (bring your own basket). Since the standard picnic is enjoyed outdoors, the food eaten is rarely warm. Deli sandwiches, finger food, fresh fruit, salads and cold meats are the options of choice.

The first usage word "picnic" is derived from the French word, "pique-nique", used in a French article published (Origines de la Langue Francaise de Menage) in 1692. The article describes a group of people who bring their own wine at the open-air restaurant. The growth of the idea of the picnic continued in France after the French Revolution in 1789. Royal parks became open to the public for the first time. Having picnics quickly became a popular activity among people.