DALLAS, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MegaFest, the three-day family festival hosted by T.D. Jakes, will deliver an amazing lineup of inspirational entertainment when top celebrities from music, film, television, comedy and sports converge on Dallas August 29 – 31. The "Just Churchin'" Comedy Show, Woman of Purpose Concert and the Ball Up Streetball Classic Tour Championship game are just a few of the electrifying entertainment events that will captivate audiences during the Labor Day weekend.
"MegaFest is about coming together to strengthen each other and our families, and leaving refreshed and ready to help our communities," said Jakes. "There's no better way to get inspired than by having fun, creating memories and laughing together."
Making its triumphant return to the United States for the first time since 2006, MegaFest will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, American Airlines Center and other venues throughout the city. This supersized event marries four of Jakes' most popular conferences: ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaYouth and MegaKidz with a plethora of entertainment, business and other empowering features for the entire family.
Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash, stars of the TV Land hit sitcom "The Soul Man," the "Just Churchin'" comedy show is a MegaFest favorite. Slated for Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center Arena, "Just Churchin'" guarantees a flavorful mix of comedic talent, with hilarious, family-friendly stand up routines from seasoned veteran comedians to the hottest up and coming talent. Tickets go on sale June 28.
"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to kick off Bishop Jakes' inspirational weekend with some soulful fun as co-host (with Niecy Nash) of the Just Churchin' Comedy Show at his MegaFest experience in Dallas this summer. It's great bringing the fun and being part of a lineup of such forward-moving, positive events that benefit and enhance the lives of so many families in the community," said Cedric the Entertainer.
The MegaFest Woman of Purpose Concert, in conjunction with Autism Speaks, will highlight women who are making a difference in their communities by advocating for awareness and resources to assist children and families affected by this developmental disorder. Featuring Holly Robinson Peete, Tisha Campbell Martin, Mary Mary, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Kim Burrell and American Idol music director Ray Chew among others, this evening of elegance will bring together the best elements of fun, faith and philanthropy. Hosted on Saturday, August 31 at 8 p.m. from American Airlines Center, tickets go on sale June 28.
Offering something for sports fans, MegaFest brings streetball from the neighborhood playground to the bright lights of the Dallas Convention Center Arena when Ball Up, the nation's premiere streetball organization, concludes its 2013 nationwide tour with a championship game on August 31. Ball Up's innovative spin on the game of streetball has redefined the sport by bringing some of the top, untapped talent to basketball courts across the world along with big name stars that have graced the NBA hardwood. This year's impressive roster includes The Professor, AO, Baby Shaq, Air Up There, Bone Collector, Pat the Roc, Special FX, Springs, Sik Wit It, Violator and G. Smith. Tickets go on sale June 28.
Visit www.mega-fest.com for more confirmed talent and special event updates, and stay connected via Twitter by following @tdjmegafest, @wtalconf, @mpconf and @myecode. Tickets for all special events can be purchased by visiting www.mega-fest.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Other MegaFest featured speakers and guests include Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen, who will headline the event along with Jakes, Bishop I. V. Hilliard, Dr. Jasmin Sculark, Dr. Marvin Sapp, Pastor Sheryl Brady, Dr. E. Dewey Smith and Pastor Chris Durso, among others. Dubbed 'America's largest inspirational festival,' leading voices of faith, commerce and entertainment will participate at MegaFest. The event will draw men, women and youth with real-world messages of hope and purpose.
MegaFest has welcomed more than 700,000 attendees since its inception in 2004. Past speakers and performers have included Aretha Franklin, Will Smith, Steve Harvey, Dave Ramsey and UniverSoul Circus. This is the first time for MegaFest to be hosted in Dallas. Registration for MegaFest is currently open; for convenient online registration, please visit https://donate.paymentpage.com/tdjakes/megafest/. For more information, visit www.mega-fest.com.
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With the largest urban arts district in the United States, 13 entertainment districts, an array of high-end hotels and restaurants, and some of the best shopping in the Southwest, Dallas is the number one visitor and leisure destination in Texas and the perfect summer getaway. Its world-class sporting venues, amusement parks and southern hospitality make it second to none and the perfect venue for MegaFest.