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!
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.
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.
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 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
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
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[...]
Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm