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The Ali Festival to Commemorate Louisville's Gold Son on the 5th Year of His Passing

Glad Doggett

Inside the Muhammad Ali CenterCourtesy of Louisville Tourism

The annual Ali Festival is commemorating the 5th anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s passing by celebrating his inspirational legacy and love for Louisville. The Festival, which takes place from June 3 to 13, is will honor Louisville's Golden Son by providing inspiration, education, and entertainment through events that generate a sense of unity, justice and a rebirth of Muhammad Ali’s Louisville hometown.

The 10-day festival will kick off at the city’s Cave Hill Cemetery, Muhammad’s final resting place. A private ceremony and a public remembrance opportunity for the public is planned.

Throughout the week, the Muhammad Ali Center will host various events at its location as well as online, and throughout Louisville.

The Ali Center will be open every day through the Ali Festival from Noon to 5 p.m.

Exterior of the Muhammad Ali CenterCourtesy of Louisville Tourism

"City of Ali"

Community screenings of the film “City of Ali” will be available to national audiences. This 81-minute documentary captures stories of unity, peace, and love, as well as events that occurred in Louisville during the week between his passing and his memorial. The film documents the shift in consciousness that occurred in the city, across the continent, and around the world.

Tickets for screenings of “City of Ali” include $10 for film screening or $20 for film screening AND admission to the exhibits.

City of Ali Screen Times:

A Day to Pay Respects

On the opening day of the festival from Noon to 3 p.m., the Muhammad Ali Center and Cave Hill Cemetery invite the community to join to pay respects to Ali on the 5th year anniversary of his death.

Upon arrival to Cave Hill Cemetery, guests will receive a rose to either lay on Muhammad Ali’s grave or to keep as a keepsake. Visitors will also receive a $2 off admission coupon to the Ali Center that can be redeemed during the Ali Festival.

Follow in his Footsteps

A self-guided tour brochure can help you trace some of Ali’s “Footsteps of Greatness” around the town he always called home. Stop by the Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Louisville Visitor Center as a starting point for more information on the tour.


Press release The Muhammad Ali Center

Louisville Visitor Center

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