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.

Map of Central Texas with Taylor drop pin

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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UFO Garage Live Panel on UFOs and Aliens 6:00 pm
UFO Garage Live Panel on UFOs and Aliens @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UFO Garage presents a Live Taping of their Podcast along with Special guest Terry Lovelace. This live event will show compelling proof of Alien visitation and alleged government involvement. Q & A and meet and[...]
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Monthly Pinball Tournament 2:15 pm
Monthly Pinball Tournament @ Hangout Pinball Lounge
Dec 5 @ 2:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Hangout Pinball Lounge on the 1st Sunday of every month for their monthly pinball tournament! There’s a $10 tournament entry fee and the top 4 winners win cash prizes (tournament entry collection). The qualifying[...]
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Nollaig, A Celtic Christmas Celebration 8:00 pm
Nollaig, A Celtic Christmas Celebration @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm
We’re excited to present Nollaig, A Celtic Christmas Celebration at Black Sparrow Music Parlor, Taylor, TX on Dec 10th. We can’t wait to celebrate the festive season with y’all!
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Dec 11 @ 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[...]
Gary Cain Band Live at Black Sparrow 8:00 pm
Gary Cain Band Live at Black Sparrow @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm
“ridiculously talented, genre-bending guitarist…a jaw-dropper” – Blues Matters Magazine (UK) In 2019 the Gary Cain Band toured Europe, Canada, & the USA, including 10 major festival appearances. In 2018 they were semi-finalists at the Blues[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Dec 16 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[...]
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Honky Tonk Christmas Party with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars 8:30 pm
Honky Tonk Christmas Party with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Dec 17 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Honky Tonk Christmas Party with Dale Watson and his Lone Stars live at Black Sparrow Music Parlor. Tickets are on sale now!
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90s Country Tribute Night 8:00 pm
90s Country Tribute Night @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Dec 18 @ 8:00 pm
Black Sparrow Music Parlor presents a very special tribute to 90s Country Music. They will also have some spots available for artists to play in this show and BSMP want to hear from you! Email[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Dec 26 @ 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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New Years Eve Roaring 2022 To Do 7:00 pm
New Years Eve Roaring 2022 To Do @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Dec 31 2021 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 1 2022 @ 1:00 am
Get Tickets for this exclusive event on New Year’s Eve with Greenhouse Craft Food and Black Sparrow Music Parlor. It will be 1920’s themed with decadent food, drinks, and music from the band Blue Vibe. Tickets[...]