2022 Ali Festival will be taking place June 3-9!
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
Daughters of Greatness Breakfast
Honoring Nzinga Garvey
Ali Center, View Pointe Hall (8:30am – 10am)
The “Daughters of Greatness” breakfast series honors prominent women engaged in social change, activism, and pursuits of justice. This longstanding event provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond. Hot breakfast is served.
Roses & Remembrance
Cave Hill Cemetery (10am – 3pm)
The Muhammad Ali Center and Cave Hill Cemetery invite the community to join us in unity to pay respects to The Greatest on the 6-year anniversary of his passing. Upon arrival, you will be given a rose to either lay on Muhammad Ali’s grave or keep for yourself as a keepsake to reflect on throughout the day. As a show of our appreciation, visitors will also be given a $2 off admission coupon to the Ali Center that can be redeemed during the Ali Festival. Main entrance at East Broadway, visitors can either drive through or stop at the grave. Cave Hill Cemetery is located at 701 Baxter Avenue.
Open Gym Night at TKO Boxing Gym
4402 Kiln Court (6:30pm – 8:30pm)
Learn how to “Float Like a Butterfly and Sting Like a Bee!” at TKO Boxing Gym. The community is invited to a FREE open gym session for those who want to learn about the sport of boxing and Muhammad Ali’s techniques/style. Coach James Dixon and his team will conduct a variety of demonstrations and interact with guests. Participants will learn boxing techniques on the speed bag, heavy bag, hand placements, as well as conduct in the ring. Some of their regional Golden Glove Champions will be on-site to help with training and demos.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Ali-Ville Trolley Tour
(1pm – 3pm)
The Ali Center is partnering with Trolley de ’Ville to offer a 90-minute tour of Louisville celebrating Muhammad’s life by taking guests on a tour of “Muhammad significant sites” like his childhood home; alma mater Central High School; and final resting place, Cave Hill Cemetery. Tickets are $40 per person and include admission to the Muhammad Ali Center exhibits.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
Family Day at the Ali Center
(12pm – 5pm)
Come to the Muhammad Ali Center for a day of Family Fun! Throughout the day, we will be offering arts & crafts, boxing demonstrations, face-painting, music, special film screenings, and a local vendor’s marketplace. All activities will be included with a special discounted admission to the museum.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
Ali Institute Day of Service
Park Hill and The Presley Post
In collaboration with Change Today Change Tomorrow, the University of Louisville Ali Institute of Peace and Justice will spend a day of service to the Louisville community. It starts at 11 a.m. with a volunteer opportunity to distribute groceries, and goes all day to a food drive at the Presley Post.
For more information, head to Change-today.org/volunteer
Ali Community Night with the Louisville Bats
Slugger Field (7:05pm)
Muhammad Ali loved baseball. So the Ali Center and the Louisville Bats Baseball Team are showing the love back with an Ali Community Night at Slugger Field! Giveaways at the entrance and more details to come.
Slugger Field is located at 401 East Main Street.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
Red Cross Blood Drive
Ali Center, View Pointe Hall (11am – 6pm)
In honor of Muhammad Ali’s spirit of giving, the Center invites the community to pay it forward by donating blood to those who desperately need it. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and supplies are critically low. Registration details coming soon.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
Ali Center, View Pointe Hall (9am – 5pm)
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your time here on earth” was one of Muhammad Ali’s famous quotes.
In January of 2020, the Muhammad Ali Center and Metro United Way partnered to create a community service event, The Greatest Give Back, to honor Muhammad Ali’s 80th birthday and to continue the Center’s annual tradition of providing acts of service on this day.
We are excited to announce that on Thursday, June 9, 2022, the third annual Greatest Give Back (rescheduled from January) will take place at the Muhammad Ali Center as part of the annual Ali Festival, which celebrates Muhammad’s legacy and love for Louisville. We will come together in service to “TKO the need” in our community with our Time, Kindness and Offering.
Volunteers at The Greatest Give Back will work in three shifts to create and assemble 800 diaper bundles, 800 laundry kits and 800 snack kits that will be distributed to 80 local nonprofit agencies – giving the greatest gift of all – service to others.
Learn more about event registration and other ways you can get involved below.
ADDITIONALLY, CHECK OUT EVENTS OCCURRING THROUGHOUT THE ALI FESTIVAL!
AliVille Creative Classic
Street Art Competition
Muhammad Ali Center
Art Creation: May 30, 2022 (10am – 6pm)
Art on Display: June 3-9
The AliVille Creative Classic is a new community competition involving local artists in an effort to help unify the city through art. We invited five artists to participate in the inaugural Street Art Competition called the AliVille Creative Classic, to be held on Monday, May 30, 2022 from 10am to 6pm. The artists will be creating pieces that celebrate Muhammad Ali’s hometown. This year’s prompt asks the artists to interpret how they feel Muhammad would unify Louisville today.
Following the competition, the Center will display the completed pieces on Level Four. Ali Center guests and visitors Guests will be encouraged to vote on their favorite art piece throughout the Ali Festival, June 3rd through June 9th.
Throughout the Ali Festival, we will have butterfly window clings in the Center’s Main Lobby for guests to write on and share, “What Makes You Great?” The butterflies will then be added to our Main Lobby windows, creating an interactive installation that celebrates personal greatness. The butterflies will be available throughout the Festival.
If you would like to be a community partner in this year’s Ali Festival, we would love to have you join us in celebrating Louisville’s Hometown Hero!
Stay tuned for more information and click HERE for details on the 2021 Ali Festival.