It is a nice summer day, a group of friends decide to go on a picnic, where they pack up a basket full of food consisting of [[SatiatingSandwich sandwiches]], cookies, lemonade, potato chips, pies, cakes, etc. and head out, usually to the outdoors, whether a garden, a park, countryside, or even into the wild.

When they get their picnic all set up, most of the time, you can expect them to face setbacks such as [[StrongAnts ants]] that want to steal the food or bad weather in the midst of it.
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!'''Examples'''

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* Once there was a Vietnam War veteran named [[ThePunisher Frank Castle]] who decided to take his family out for a nice picnic at Central Park. [[LeaveNoWitnesses It didn't]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge end well...]]

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'', Peppermint Patty mentions to Snoopy that they will have a picnic on the beach. [[spoiler:However, the picnic does not come to fruition the next day, because Snoopy got thrown off the beach, due to a rule about there being no dogs allowed.]]
* ''{{Help}}'' - while "Ticket to Ride" plays, the Beatles are briefly seen having a picnic in the snow.
* ''Look, Listen, Live'', a driver's education film produced by Union Pacific in the mid-1940s with an emphasis on safety around railroads, sets one of the stories to a family picnic outing. It does not end well all five members of the family, due to the driver foolishly insisting that there are no trains expected at the crossing, are killed when their car is struck by an oncoming train. The narrator grimly reminds the viewers that there was no picnic that day, nor will there ever be for anyone in that family.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* A weeklong story arc of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strips had Jon and Garfield go on a picnic, that was immediately spoiled by strong winds, ants that ate Jon's cherry pie, and to top it off in the end, a rainstorm.
** Similarly, a 2007 strip had Jon and Liz about to have a picnic, which immediately became non-existent when they realized that Garfield stowed away and ate all of the food in the basket before Jon even left the driveway. Needless to say, both Jon and Liz were not very happy when they were forced to go to a dorky drive-thru restaurant instead.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The classic children's book ''Picnic'' was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In Ian Fleming's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chitty_Chitty_Bang_Bang_(novel) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang]]'', the Pott family flies to the Godwin Sands in the English Channel for a picnic. Unfortunately they fall asleep and the tide comes in. It's a good thing the title car can change into a hoverdraft.
* In the BerensteinBears book ''The Bears' Picnic'', the bears set out to find "the perfect picnic spot". Place after place proves unsatisfactory, and then a thunderstorm comes up. They finally just eat their picnic at the kitchen table.
* ''TheWindInTheWillows'' - when Mole first meets Rat, they get acquainted over a picnic on the river bank.
* Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' has two picnic chapters. First, characters go to an al fresco party at Donwell to pick strawberries, but Mr Knightley insists on eating indoors. In the following chapter, the party spends the day exploring Box Hill, and this one is a true picnic. However, the weather is too hot and the day is not very joyous.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Several episodes had picnic stories in them. The most famous one was Season 6's "May We Make Them Proud," which is how that episode began; it peaks with a massive house fire and the deaths of Alice Garvey and baby Adam Kendall Jr.
* The ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' episode "The Picnic".
* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'': The episode "The Hitchhikers," included a picnic element, with the episode's villain, Bill, trying to get hostage Kimberly to cooperate and go along with him on his picnic at his apartment. He even spreads a picnic blanket and has a basket ready for his vision of an intimate atmosphere.
* In ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', the characters often enjoyed their meals outdoors, for example after Sunday masses in the meadow near the church.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'' has a segment featuring a romantic, candlelit picnic for [[spoiler: Brian Le Petit and a woman in the audience...whose date is imprisoned in a crate. Because Brian tricked him into it]]. It doesn't really go ''wrong'' until the wandering Red Bird steals a loaf of bread...

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* In ''OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0200.html a celestial family finds theirs interrupted by a planeshift spell]]. [[spoiler: Confirming DiedHappilyEverAfter.]]

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* There was a game on {{Creator/CartoonNetwork}}.com that had a bunch of the characters at a picnic, and the player, as an ant, had to collect as many crumbs as possible while avoiding obstacles.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* WesternAnimation/YogiBear: Virtually every one of the classic Hanna-Barbera shorts involving Yogi and his pal, Boo Boo, has the buddy bears stealing pic-a-nic baskets and disrupting pic-a-nics at Jellystone Park.
* A few ClassicDisneyShorts involved Mickey and friends having a picnic.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'':
** "Rip Van Catnap", which involved Garfield taking a nap and having a DreamSequence while he, Jon, Odie, and Nermal are having a picnic.
** The episode "Crime And Nourishment" involved Garfield trying to take back the picnic basket full of lasagna from a group of green Smurf-like creatures.
** "The Multiple Choice Cartoon" had Garfield, Jon, and Odie on a picnic all the while that Garfield gives out a multiple choice test throughout the episode.
** The episode "The Picnic Panic" combined this with MusicalEpisode. Jon and Garfield sang about the misfortune that befell them during the picnic, due to a colony of ants that kept stealing their food. The ants even got their own EarWorm chorus during the song.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short, ''Porky's Picnic''. PorkyPig, his girlfriend Petunia and baby nephew Pinky go on a picnic. They don't actually get to eat anything because Pinky wanders off to the zoo and gets in trouble.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episode "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pup_on_a_Picnic Pup on a Picnic]]". Spike and Tyke go on a picnic with Tom and Jerry as uninvited guests.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'', Spike and Tyke try to have a picnic but get attacked by army ants that are trying to steal their food.
* The ''PinkPanther'' episode "Sprinkle Me Pink". The panther goes on a picnic, but a cloud pours rain on him every time he opens his picnic basket.
* ''TheAntAndTheAardvark''. In the first episode, Charlie Ant tries to get food from the Aardvark's picnic.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' episode "Picnic in Pacland", the Ghost Monsters try to disrupt the Pac-Family's picnic.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipisMagic'' episode, Twilight and company go out for a picnic. Twilight ends up not having any fun at all as she freaks out about not sending a letter to Princess Celestia.
* The first act of the ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E7BogusInWilderland Bogus In Wilderland]]" had the Anybody family and Bogus and Brattus on a picnic, only for their picnic to come to a halt due to trouble involving ants, birds, bees, and a bear.
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