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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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.
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Bon Bon Workshop 6:30 pm
Bon Bon Workshop @ SRSLY Chocolate
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join SRSLY chocolate’s co-owner, Robin Simoneaux-Williamson, for an in-depth and hands-on exploration of bon bons. Situated inside our chocolate factory in beautiful downtown Taylor, TX, students will paint, shell, fill and cap bon bons from[...]
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Garden Bros Circus
Garden Bros Circus @ Williamson County Expo Center
Sep 13 – Sep 14 all-day
TAYLOR SHOWTIMES/DATES:  Friday, September 13: 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM Saturday, September 14: 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7:30 PM — This year’s show is packed with breathtaking special effects, concert style sound and lighting[...]
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2019 East WilCo Business Expo & Job Fair 10:00 am
2019 East WilCo Business Expo & Job Fair @ Williamson County Expo Center
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn about businesses and services in Taylor and across East Williamson County. Play games, win prizes and check out what Taylor has to offer. Last year, more than $4K in gifts and prizes were distributed.[...]
Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Sep 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[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Sep 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[...]
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2019 A Sami Show Fall Marketplace
2019 A Sami Show Fall Marketplace @ Williamson County Expo Center
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day
A Sami Show is an arts and crafts marketplace designed to bring the finest arts and crafts and the latest trends in home decorating to the consumer. Since 1975, our arts and crafts shows have[...]
2019 KIDFISH 9:00 am
2019 KIDFISH @ Bull Brank Park
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Set up and registration begin at 8 a.m. Poles in the water at 9 a.m. – Noon The event is free and open to the public.  A limited amount of pre-rigged loaner poles and bait[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Sep 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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Repticon
Repticon @ Williamson County Expo Center
Sep 28 – Sep 29 all-day
Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Conventions is the national leader in producing reptile and exotic pet shows throughout the United States. For over ten years Repticon has been bringing thousands of reptiles and exotic pets[...]
The Loose Screw’s Screwtoberfest 2:00 pm
The Loose Screw’s Screwtoberfest @ The Loose Screw Craft Beer House & Garden
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
So excited to hold our first annual Screwtoberfest! Since the true Oktoberfest runs from Sept 21 to Oct 6, we are going to celebrate right in the middle on Sept 28. We are going to[...]
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