If you missed the Mega Fest 2013 presented by Bishop T. D. Jakes and The Potter's House then you missed one of the most blessed events in the history of Dallas. Never before has the amount of A-List celebrities, high volume ministries or just visitors to a conference been this large in the metro. Celebrities such as Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Hudson, Steve Harvey, Joel and Victoria Osteen, Soledad O'Brien and the one and only Oprah Winfrey converged on Dallas to inspire, encourage and motivate the believers, worshipers and everyone in between.
The festivities included powerful empowerment sessions, celebrity events, Oprah's Life Classes, ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed sessions and the first ever International Faith and Family Film Festival. Dallas catered to its visitors by having these events at the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Convention Center and the Omni Hotel Dallas. But the best surprise was the Dallas Authority Rapid Transportation (DART) which provided bus and train services from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. from Thursday through Saturday. The only hiccup was the miscommunication of free fare for Mega Fest attendees, which was actually $5 each day or $15 for the entire Fest. The Dallas Police Department was exceptional and kept the crowds in order and traffic moving as smoothly as possible considered an estimated 50,000 visitors came.
Hotels, restaurants and other businesses truly capitalized on the income that was being generated from first Dallas visitors. It was a sight to see and a great experience.
"Dallas hopes to bring back the Mega Fest every two years," Visitor’s Bureau President Phillip Jones. "This opportunity has been five years in the making."
Mayor Mike Rawlins also stated how proud he was that the Mega Fest partnered with the City of Dallas for a great experience and revenues estimated to be in the millions for the local economy.