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.

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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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Monthly Pinball Tournament 2:15 pm
Monthly Pinball Tournament
May 1 @ 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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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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The Karate Cowboy 8:00 pm
The Karate Cowboy
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Described as Django Reinhardt meets Willie Nelson and Frank Sinatra with a cowboy hat: this exciting ‘one-man trio’ musical act features exceptional guitar work, smooth vocals, and a fresh take on classic songs.
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Blackland Prairie Days 10:00 am
Blackland Prairie Days
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Blackland Prairie Days @ Historic Downtown Taylor
It’s back! Join us on May 7 in Historic Downtown Taylor for the Blackland Prairie Days Festival. This FREE event honors the rich cultural heritage of Taylor, where local goods and friendly people are in[...]
Texas Beer Company’s 6th Anniversary 11:00 am
Texas Beer Company’s 6th Anniversary
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Join us for our TBC’s 6th Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 7th! It’s the same day as Taylor’s annual Blackland Prairie Days Festival, and all of Main Street will be blocked for a giant beer[...]
Kevin Taylor 8:00 pm
Kevin Taylor
May 7 @ 8:00 pm
Kevin Taylor is a singer/songwriter based in Austin, Texas. From blues, pop, rock, and country influences Kevin writes songs that are honest and thoughtful.
Spooky Juke 9:30 pm
Spooky Juke
May 7 @ 9:30 pm
Spooky Juke Returns to the Sparrow!
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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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Dale Watson and his Lone Stars 8:00 pm
Dale Watson and his Lone Stars
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Dale Watson and his Lone Stars live at Black Sparrow Music Parlor
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
May 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[...]
Stupid Drama, Freebleeder and Nuthin Special 8:00 pm
Stupid Drama, Freebleeder and Nuthin Special
May 14 @ 8:00 pm
Stupid Drama and Friends tonight at Black Sparrow!
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
May 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[...]
Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
Music on Main May 19 Concert 7:00 pm
Music on Main May 19 Concert
May 19 @ 7:00 pm
Music on Main May 19 Concert @ Heritage Square Park
The Music on Main concert series is back for the 2022 season! The Main Street Advisory Board and Public Arts Advisory Board invite everyone to come out to this FREE concert series, held on the[...]
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Midnight Butterfly and Aviator 8:30 pm
Midnight Butterfly and Aviator
May 20 @ 8:30 pm
Midnight Butterfly is an Austin area teen Alt-rock band of all girls, creating, and recording original music and performing live for 7+ years with Special Guest Aviator. There is a $7 cover.
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Honey Made 8:30 pm
Honey Made
May 21 @ 8:30 pm
Austin’s Honey Made brings back memories of legends like James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Earth Wind and Fire with their modern take on slamming primal soul and focusing on their R&B roots.[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show
May 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[...]
Luau Party 3:00 pm
Luau Party
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A special day of Hawaiian food and fun. There will be a Hawaiian shirt contest, limbo contest, food & fun! Menu Spam Musubi Ahi Poke- w wakame, togarashi, mango, sweet onion, sesame, shrimp chips. Loco[...]
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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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Jeremy Nail and William Harries Graham 8:30 pm
Jeremy Nail and William Harries Graham
May 28 @ 8:30 pm
Jeremy Nail is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was born in Albany, Texas, and is based in Austin. William Harries Graham’s music defies the contemporary labels…it is independent in spirit, but not indie; it[...]
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2022 Memorial Day Salute 10:00 am
2022 Memorial Day Salute
May 30 @ 10:00 am
2022 Memorial Day Salute @ Murphy Park
Please join the City of Taylor for our annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor fallen military members. All are welcome to attend.
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