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.


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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Born Twins – Onism E – iLA Minori 8:00 pm
Born Twins – Onism E – iLA Minori @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Sep 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
This show starts at 8PM – 5$ 8PM – iLA Minori 9PM – Onism E. 10PM – Born Twins
Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Sep 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[...]
9/11 Memorial Ceremony 7:00 pm
9/11 Memorial Ceremony @ Heritage Square
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
9/11 Memorial Ceremony @ Heritage Square
The Taylor Fire Department brings the community together every year to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks of 2001. Join us for a parade of emergency personnel and vehicles.
Mayors of Simpleton 8:00 pm
Mayors of Simpleton @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Sep 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Austin’s largest sounding 4-piece band: The Mayors of Simpleton. 5$ cover! Playing 8PM till 11PM Cover song selection includes numbers from artists such as: XTC, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Joe Jackson, Kings of[...]
Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Sep 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[...]
Bon Bon Vivant – The Savage Poor – Marques Morel 8:00 pm
Bon Bon Vivant – The Savage Poor – Marques Morel @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Sep 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
5$ Cover for an incredible night of music! 8 PM – Marques Morel 9 PM – The Savage Poor 10 PM – Bon Bon Vivant Bon Bon Vivant is an indie band from New Orleans[...]
American Gypsy Band 8:00 pm
American Gypsy Band @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Sep 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Honky Tonk Hippy Groove that warms the Soul. Driven by the sound of the drum American Gypsy brings the show every time and leaves a pint of blood on the stage every night. A definite[...]
Thunderosa – WarDaddies 8:00 pm
Thunderosa – WarDaddies @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Sep 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Thunderosa + War Daddies = a good time. 6$ Cover. War Daddies 8PM – 9:30 Thunderosa 10PM – 11:30
Blackbird Sing 8:00 pm
Blackbird Sing @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
7$ Cover Blackbird Sing has found the recipe to blending the swaggering bravado of punk, emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with[...]
G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Sep 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[...]