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.

Barbeque

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.
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Stomp ‘N Holler
Stomp ‘N Holler
Jun 2 all-day
Stomp ‘n’ Holler BBQ & Music Festival where folks from all over come to get touched by what we know around here as the “religion of barbecue.” You’ll get to try smoke-kissed samples from some[...]
Stomp ‘N’ Holler Covert Chevy Show 10:00 am
Stomp ‘N’ Holler Covert Chevy Show @ Heritage Square Park
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Family Feud!!!! Who is going to walk away with this year’s title? Will the Corvettes speed away with it? Or will the Camaros peel out with a win? Maybe the Classics will roll in and[...]
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Taylor International Barbecue Cook Off
Taylor International Barbecue Cook Off @ Murphy Park
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day
The Taylor International Barbecue Cookoff returns to Murphy Park June 8 and 9 with Texas Trophies and $ for winners and LOTS of fun!
Movie in the Park – Despicable Me 3 9:00 pm
Movie in the Park – Despicable Me 3 @ Taylor Regional Park
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Despicable Me 3 will be shown on the football field at Taylor Regional Park at dusk on Friday, June 8th! Grab the family, bring chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy the show. This is a[...]
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Jun 9 @ 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[...]
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Juneteenth Celebration 12:00 pm
Juneteenth Celebration @ Fannie Robinson Park
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Blackshear/O.L. Price Ex-Student Association at Fannie Robinson Park for plenty of food, fun, and entertainment as they put on a celebration for Juneteenth! Schedule: 12:00 p.m. – Celebration Kick-Off 12:00 p.m. – Gospel[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Jun 21 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
Jun 21 @ 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[...]
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G21 Car Show 8:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 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[...]
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Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
Family Night – Crafts @ Taylor Public Library
Jun 28 @ 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.  
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Americana Singer/Songwriter Showcase 5:00 pm
Americana Singer/Songwriter Showcase @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Black Sparrow Music Parlor is proud to present a fantastic showcase of singer/songwriters and Americana bands. 5 pm – DOORS 7 pm – The Kaye Pasa Trio 9 pm – Bruce Salmon 11 pm –[...]