Festival events will run from June 2 – June 11, 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 8, 2023) – The Ali Festival returns to Louisville for the seventh year, as the Muhammad Ali Center comes together with partners from across the city, to remember the passing of the Greatest and celebrate the city he loved.

This year’s festival will take place June 2-11, and boasts a packed itinerary of events centered around Muhammad Ali’s six core principles – Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality – as well as his enduring love for his hometown.

The week kicks off on June 2 with a special edition of the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series honoring National Bar Association President Lonita Baker. Later that evening, Muhammad’s eldest daughter, Maryum, will take part in a Stories of Ali oral history at the Ali Center, where she will share a first-hand account of what it was like being raised by The Champ.

On Saturday June 3, the Ali Center will commemorate the anniversary of Muhammad’s passing by providing free red roses to those wishing to pay their respects at his gravesite in Cave Hill Cemetery. Muhammad’s widow and the Center’s co-founder Lonnie Ali will be present at 10 am to share remarks. The following day, thousands will gather in the Center to play games, win prizes, enjoy free admission to the museum, and shop with local vendors. Additionally, the Ali Center will be partnering with University of Louisville Health to offer free health screenings to attendees.

Ali Fest 2023 will continue with a concert featuring Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride, Ali Night with the Louisville Bats and later Racing Louisville FC, and the Greatest Give Back day of volunteer service offered in partnership with Metro United Way. The week culminates in a takeover of Logan Street Market with food, boxing demonstrations, a pop-up exhibit featuring artists and activists from the Louisville neighborhoods where Ali lived and trained, and more.

For more information on the entire itinerary, head to this link.

A special thanks to Louisville Public Media, for being a proud media partner, as well as to Humana for serving as Presenting sponsor.

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About the Muhammad Ali Center 

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to justice for all, following in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali. The Center’s mission is to mobilize Muhammad Ali’s legacy to foster respect, inspire generations of changemakers, and advance social justice.

In its 17-year history, the Center has created programs that exemplify the principles of Muhammad Ali and the mission of the Center. Over the past decade, the Center has developed impactful programming serving children and adults, reaching people of all cultures, nationalities, ages, and geographic areas. Inspiration is Ali’s gift, and his six core principles mark his true legacy—a legacy that has the power to live on, beyond the man, and beyond the walls of the Center.

Annie Moore
Muhammad Ali Center