Center: Closed Today.

Citywide “I Am Ali” Festival Kicks Off on June 1st at Muhammad Ali Appreciation Night with the Louisville Bats Baseball Team

Concludes with Closing Celebration, Presented by HorseShoe Southern Indiana on June 10th at Muhammad Ali Center

More than 50 community events planned

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 22, 2018) — The citywide second annual “I Am Ali” Festival kicks off on Friday, June 1st with a Muhammad Ali Appreciation Night at Slugger Field with the Louisville Bats and runs through June 10th. The festival, which marks the second anniversary of Ali’s passing, focuses on Ali’s giving spirit and his love for Louisville. The “I Am Ali” Festival will conclude with a Closing Celebration, Presented by HorseShoe Southern Indiana, at the Muhammad Ali Center, on Sunday, June 10th from 2-5pm.

Festival partners, community “ambassadors” across Louisville, and the Muhammad Ali Center will fill each day with events, including unique programs, walks, yoga sessions, special retail items, festivals, movies, discounts, and more, that connect with and reinforce Muhammad Ali’s great legacy as a global citizen, athlete, and humanitarian.

“The energy, connectivity, and global goodwill demonstrated during “Ali Week” two years ago, were clear examples of the admiration his hometown felt for Muhammad,” said Jeanie Kahnke, Senior Director for Public Relations and External Affairs for the Muhammad Ali Center.  “The ‘I Am Ali’ Festival is a communitywide initiative to keep Muhammad Ali’s legacy alive in the hearts and minds of Louisvillians, and to others around the country and world who would like to participate in the festivities. We would especially like to thank the Mayor’s Office and the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau for their assistance.”

Currently, there are more than 50 events from 30+ different community organizations over the 10 day festival. Events will be added up to the online events calendar through June 10th. A complete list of events with more details and information is available at www.alicenter.org/alifestival.

“I Am Ali” Festival participating locations’ events by date listed below.

June 1, 2018:

  • Ali Appreciation Night with the Louisville Bats
  • Louisville Visitors Center (Louisville Handcrafted Event)

June 2, 2018:

  • Muhammad Ali Center (Stories of Ali: Ali’s West End)
  • Iroquois Amphitheater (“I Am Ali” Movie Night)
  • The Louisville Quest (Ali-Themed Puzzle)
  • Bernheim Forest (multiple activities)

June 3, 2018:

  • Muhammad Ali Center Night at Le Moo
  • Natasha Sud’s Ali art sale at Le Moo
  • Bernheim Forest (First Sunday Nature Hike)

June 4, 2018:

  • Muhammad Ali Center Night at The Village Anchor

June 5, 2018:

  • Brown Hotel (Rooftop Garden Yoga)
  • Interfaiths Paths to Peace (Iftar dinner)
  • Kentucky Derby Museum (Ali’s Louisville & Churchill Downs)

June 6, 2018:

  • Soul Cleanse Yoga (6 Core Principle Flow at the Ali Center)
  • Bernheim Forest (Lunch and Learn)

June 7, 2018:

  • 21c Museum (Global Folk Music Interactive)
  • BMe Community (BMe Genius Celebration)
  • The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (Joe Biden: American Promise Tour)
  • KMAC Museum (Contemporary Perspectives: Strange Fruit on Muhammad Ali’s Core Principles)

June 8, 2018:

  • Bernheim Forest (Creatures of the Night)

June 9, 2018:

  • Kentucky Shakespeare (A Battle of Wits: Ali and Shakespeare)
  • Louisville Select Boxing (Boxing Championships: Summer Classic)
  • Parkinson’s Foundation (Moving Day Walk)
  • The Parklands of Floyds Fork (Parklands Explorer: Beginner Yoga and Hike)

June 10, 2018:

  • Muhammad Ali Center (Closing Celebration Presented by Horseshoe Southern Indiana)
  • 4th Street Live! (A Kid, A Cop, and A Cause)
  • Digital Butterfly Memorial Garden at the Closing Celebration Presented by Horseshoe Southern Indiana
  • Butterfly Dome Experience at the Closing Celebration Presented by Horseshoe Southern Indiana

June 1-10, 2018:

  • 21c Museum (Dress Up, Speak Up)
  • Ah, Whatta ‘Bout Mimi (Butterflies and Bees Photo Opportunity)
  • American Printing House for the Blind (Spirit of Ali Exhibit)
  • The Bristol Downtown (10% off food and beverage discount)
  • The Brown Hotel (“The Greatest Lunch”, “I Am Ali”- themed cocktails, “I Am Ali”-themed exhibit and room package)
  • Cellar Door Chocolates (boxing glove-shaped chocolates)
  • Frazier History Museum (admission discount)
  • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience (admission discount)
  • Kentucky Science Center (Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering)
  • Louisville Visitors Center (Footsteps to Greatness Tour, “I Am Ali” Photo Challenge)
  • Louisville Zoo (Butterflies n’ Blooms and admission discount)
  • Stoneware & Co. (Boxing glove salt & pepper shakers for sale)

Details, times, and locations for each event available at www.alicenter.org/alifestival.