Taylor Made Texas.

Taylor is the quintessential small Texas town. We’ve got stunning sunsets, fields of cotton, the best barbecue in the world and plenty of horseback-riding cowboys—but we’re also so much more than that. Since 2009, more than 20 companies have expanded or relocated to Taylor because of our small-business-friendly attitude.

Taylor is at the start of something big—which shouldn’t come as a surprise, right?

That’s just how we operate here in Texas. We have the diverse culture, the natural beauty and the opportunity every city seeks. When you visit us, you’re not just visiting another small Texas town—you’re visiting a city that is something truly special. You’re visiting Taylor Made Texas.

Top 10 Things to Do

Shopping in Historic Downtown

Peruse our historic 9-block downtown district where locally owned antique shops, artisan boutiques, and restaurants line the streets.


Stop by one or all of our world-famous BBQ restaurants for a real taste of Texas BBQ!

Parks System

Taylor boasts an impressive parks system with world-class amenities. Stroll through any one of our 5 parks with or enjoy our interconnected hike and bike trails.

Quick Facts

In 1876 the Texas Land Company auctioned lots in anticipation of the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad when Taylor was founded that year. The city was named after Edward Moses Taylor, a railroad official, under the name Taylorsville which officially became Taylor in 1892. Immigrants from Czechoslovakia and other Slavic states, as well as from Germany and Austria, helped establish the town. It soon became a busy shipping point for cattle, grain, and cotton.

By 1878 the town had 1,000 residents and thirty-two businesses, twenty-nine of which were destroyed by fire in 1879. Recovery was rapid, however, and more substantial buildings were constructed. In 1882 the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston Railway reached the community, and machine shops and a roundhouse serviced both rail lines. In 1882 the town was incorporated with a mayor-council form of city government, and in 1883 a public school system replaced a number of private schools.

 By 1890 Taylor had two banks and the first savings and loan institution in Texas. An electric company, a cotton compress, and several newspapers were among the new enterprises. A water line from the San Gabriel River; a 100-man volunteer fire department; imported and local entertainment; and an annual fair; made noteworthy news items by 1900.

Taylor Independent School District turns out academic achievers – our championship Academic Decathlon team ranked 3rd in the U.S in 2016. TISD is a leader in best practices for Early College High School education and our students consistently exceed regional and state graduation rate averages. We’re also known for training a highly skilled local workforce through our technical career programs in welding, culinary arts, automotive, electrical, machining and plumbing.
Taylor’s population growth has increased an average of approximately 128 new residents per year and its current population is 17,450 residents.
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
4th of July Parade 9:00 am
4th of July Parade
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Come out for the traditional Taylor 4th of July Parade from 7th Street School to Murphy Park.
Ice Cream Social at Murphy Park 10:00 am
Ice Cream Social at Murphy Park
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ice Cream Social at Murphy Park will follow the 4th of July Parade!
Live Music in the Park 7:00 pm
Live Music in the Park
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Live music in Murphy Park with the band Not Past 11! BIG Fireworks show to follow.
Taylor Fireworks Show 9:15 pm
Taylor Fireworks Show @ Murphy Park
Jul 4 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
The annual Taylor fireworks show is held in beautiful Murphy Park each year on July 4th at dusk to celebrate America’s independence.
Go Fast Races 7:00 am
Go Fast Races @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jul 7 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 pm
Producing lifelong experiences, one barrel race at a time!
Movie in the Park – Pete’s Dragon 9:00 pm
Movie in the Park – Pete’s Dragon @ Taylor Regional Park
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Pete’s Dragon will be shown on the football field at Taylor Regional Park at dusk on Friday, July 13. This a free and family-friendly event!
Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
In order to showcase the unique businesses in downtown Taylor, shops are open late (until 9 p.m.) on the second Saturday of every month!  Door prizes, music and food make this exciting event something to[...]
Johnny Cash Tribute Show 8:00 pm
Johnny Cash Tribute Show @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Jul 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
A tribute to The Man In Black at the Black Sparrow, presented by Norma Jeanne Maloney of Red Rider Studios featuring : MONTH OF SUNDAYS * DUST ON THE NEEDLE * CODY JUSTIN KING *[...]
Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Jul 19 all-day
In order to showcase the unique businesses in downtown Taylor, shops are open late (until 9 p.m.) on the third Thursday of every month!  Door prizes, music and food make this exciting event something to[...]
Art Night 6:30 pm
Art Night @ Taylor Public Library
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Taylor Public Library welcomes you to Coloring Night the third Thursday of each month 6:30 – 7:30 PM. All ages are welcome for all sorts of coloring. Colors and color pages will be provided, or[...]
69th Annual Taylor Rodeo 6:00 pm
69th Annual Taylor Rodeo @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 11:00 pm
Since 1950 Taylor Rodeo Association has proudly brought to you the Taylor Annual Rodeo in the hometown of Bill Pickett. The crowds that come to this yearly event have grown because of the enthusiasm and the[...]
Murphy Park Butterfly Garden Dedication 10:00 am
Murphy Park Butterfly Garden Dedication @ Murphy Park Pool
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Please join Keep Taylor Beautiful as they celebrate the re-installation of the butterfly sculpture and dedicate the garden to Ms. Betty Jackson, a life-long educator and supporter of ecology, who inspired the garden. The Butterfly Garden[...]
G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Downtown Taylor is home to a variety of happenings through the month! In addition to 3rd Thursday, 2nd Saturday and numerous festivals, the town also welcomes the G21 Car Show on every 4th Sunday of[...]
Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
Family Night – Crafts @ Taylor Public Library
Jul 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Taylor Public Library welcomes you to Family Night for activities, games, and more the fourth Thursday of each month 6:30 – 7:30 PM. For information please call the library at 512-352-3434.  
Josh Ward Concert 7:00 pm
Josh Ward Concert @ Circleville General Store
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Don’t miss the country music star with 9 consecutive #1 hits in Texas performing in Taylor at the Circleville General Store! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.