Guide to the 2023 Muhammad Ali Festival in Louisville

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The funeral procession for Muhammad Ali makes its way past his boyhood home on Grand Avenue in Louisville as hundreds of fans line the streets Friday. June 10, 2016

Each spring in Louisville, like clockwork, the first weekend in May is the Kentucky Derby and in June, the first week is reserved for a celebration of the life of Muhammad Ali.

Seven years ago on June 3, 2016, Ali died and Louisville came together in an overwhelming display of unity and support. In that spirit, the city where “The Greatest” was born and raised, gathers the first week of June to remember and celebrate the life of Ali.

In 2023, The Ali Festival returns June 2-11 for its seventh year. During the week, The Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N 6th St., will host activities and events centered around Ali’s six core principles — Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality — as well as his enduring love for his hometown. 

Here are the free events and ticketed activities taking place in various locations throughout the city during the week-long celebration.

When is the 2023 Ali Festival?

Roddrick Monroe, age 5, from Louisville, wore a boxing robe and gloves to the shrine at the Muhammad Ali Center, honoring the late boxer. June 8, 2016.

The festival runs from June 2 through June 11.

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Where is the Muhammad Ali Center located?

FILE - Boxing gloves and a message sit among flowers at a makeshift memorial to Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, ky., in this Saturday, June 4, 2016, file photo. A new documentary looks at the city that raised Muhammad Ali, Louisville, Kentucky, and the week of his funeral, when the community came together to celebrate the legacy of

The multicultural center is an award-winning museum located in downtown Louisville at 144 N. Sixth St.

What special events are planned for the 2023 Ali Festival?

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali predicted that he would knock out Sonny Liston in the second minute of the ninth round in their November 16 rematch in Boston, Oct. 13, 1964. Seen in Miami, Clay said ?I?m gonna beat that big, ugly old bear just like Johnson is gonna beat Goldwater.? (AP Photo)

The week kicks off on Friday, 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 Ali, will take part in Stories of Ali, an oral history event at the Ali Center, where she will share a first-hand account of what it was like being raised by The Champ. 

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