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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Easter
Easter
Apr 1 all-day
 
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The Merles at Texas Beer Company 8:00 pm
The Merles at Texas Beer Company @ Texas Beer Company
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Merles at Texas Beer Company @ Texas Beer Company
The Merles are coming to Texas Beer Company in Taylor on April 6! Make sure to wear your dancing shoes to this Country-Swing show!
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Go Fast Races 7:00 am
Go Fast Races @ Williamson County Expo Center
Apr 7 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
Go Fast Races @ Williamson County Expo Center
The Go Fast Races are back with another barrel racing day! Come watch, or enter to compete for prizes. Enter here: www.gofastraces.com/enteronline
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
The fun of Third Thursday is coming to your weekends in Taylor! In order to showcase the unique businesses in downtown Taylor, shops are open late (until 9 p.m.) on the second Saturday of every[...]
Taylor 5k Beer Run Benefiting Veterans 11:00 am
Taylor 5k Beer Run Benefiting Veterans @ American Legion, Graham D Luhn Post 39
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Taylor 5k Beer Run Benefiting Veterans @ American Legion, Graham D Luhn Post 39
Run through Murphy Park and drink some good beer for a great cause! Help support the American Legion and Veterans services in East Williamson County at this fun event!
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Texas Beer Company Tuesday Trivia 7:00 pm
Texas Beer Company Tuesday Trivia @ Texas Beer Company
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Test your knowledge at Tuesday Trivia with Texas Beer Company! Teams up to 6 Prizes each round Grand prize for winning team Come early for Happy Hour and food specials!
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Apr 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
Apr 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[...]
Natalie Metcalf at Black Sparrow Music Parlor 8:00 pm
Natalie Metcalf at Black Sparrow Music Parlor @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
Come on out for an evening of country rock with talented musician, Natalie Metcalf!
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Apr 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[...]
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Texas Beer Company Tuesday Trivia 7:00 pm
Texas Beer Company Tuesday Trivia @ Texas Beer Company
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Test your knowledge at Tuesday Trivia with Texas Beer Company! Teams up to 6 Prizes each round Grand prize for winning team Come early for Happy Hour and food specials!
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Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
Family Night – Crafts @ Taylor Public Library
Apr 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.  
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