Some of the biggest acts in contemporary Christian music, including Newsboys and Lecrae, are coming to Tyler for CityFest East Texas.

The acts will perform on the downtown square Oct. 5 and 6 for free as the culmination of a larger ministry effort by evangelist Louis Palau.

Events leading to CityFest will include evangelism training, prayer gatherings, a forum on sexual exploitation, luncheons and outreach efforts. The schedule is available at

CityFest will begin at 4 p.m. on both days with activities for children and action sports demonstrations. A Family Fun Zone will have inflatables for children to play on, face painting, kid-friendly entertainment and booths where families can learn more about the gospel.

The Stunt Dudes will perform freestyle tricks on bicycles and motorcycles and share the gospel message.

The action will shift to the main stage at 6 p.m. and include Palau giving what is being promoted on the website as a “message of hope” and the musical performers.

Taking the stage on Oct. 5 will be Ryan Stevenson, Blanca and Newsboys.

Newsboys was founded in Australia and the band’s music is often described as Christian rock. The group is on its Greatness of Our God Tour to promote its most recent album, “United.”

Performing on Oct. 6 will be Marisol Park, Pat Barrett, Josh Turner and Lecrae.

A native of Houston, Lecrae is a rapper and hip-hop artist whose music reflects his Christian faith. He has spoken out on topics including racial injustice and of young men not living up to their role as fathers.

He was the first hip-hop artist to win Dove, Grammy and BET awards for gospel music.

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