LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Ali Festival returns to Louisville for the seventh year to commemorate the passing of the Greatest and celebrate the city he loved.
This year’s festival will take place June 2-11. It includes a packed itinerary of events centered on Ali’s six core principles — confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality.
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 Muhammad Ali Center will commemorate the anniversary of Ali’s passing. The organization will provide free red roses to those wishing to pay their respects at his gravesite in Cave Hill Cemetery. Ali’s widow and the Center’s co-founder Lonnie Ali will be present at 10 a.m. to share remarks.
The following day, thousands will gather in the Ali Center to play games, win prizes, enjoy free admission to the museum and shop with local vendors. Additionally, the Ali Center will partner with the University of Louisville Health to offer free health screenings to attendees.
Ali Fest 2023 will also have a concert featuring Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride. Other events include Ali Night with the Louisville Bats and Racing Louisville FC, and the Greatest Give Back day of volunteer service.
The week culminates in a takeover of Logan Street Market, which features food, boxing demonstrations and a pop-up exhibit featuring artists and activists from Louisville.