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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2019 Main Street Wine Swirl 5:00 pm
2019 Main Street Wine Swirl @ Downtown Taylor
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for the holiday 2019 Wine Swirl in Downtown Taylor! This is your opportunity to sip, shop, and stroll through downtown Taylor while getting to know your local merchants. The event will be held[...]
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2019 Christmas Fair 10:00 am
2019 Christmas Fair @ City Hall & Heritage Square
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Share the joy of the holiday season in Downtown Taylor at an arts & crafts extravaganza. The event will also feature local food vendors. Come check off your Christmas shopping list from 10 a.m. –[...]
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting 7:00 pm
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting @ Downtown Taylor
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting @ Downtown Taylor
Join the Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance for the Parade of Lights! This event will take place on December 7 at 7 p.m. in Downtown Taylor. After the parade, Taylor’s Parks and Recreation Department will host[...]
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Claydies Night: Paint Your Own Pottery 6:00 pm
Claydies Night: Paint Your Own Pottery @ Art Off Center
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Claydies Night Ladies Night Out-Paint Your Own Pottery Level: Beginner + Let’s get muddy! It’s Claydies Night at Art Off Center , is our monthly ladies night out event to paint your own pottery. We[...]
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Central Texas Dressage Society Event
Central Texas Dressage Society Event @ Williamson County Expo Center
Dec 14 all-day
The Central Texas Dressage Society (CTDS) promotes the cooperation and interchange of ideas among those who are engaged or interested in dressage and dressage-related activities. We provide our members and guests with opportunities for learning[...]
Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Dec 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
Dec 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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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Dec 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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The House that BEER Built 2:00 pm
The House that BEER Built @ Texas Beer Company
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Breweries across Williamson County are coming together for another House that BEER built, which we are so excited is going to be built right here in Taylor. So for the next year, the last Sunday[...]
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New Years Eve Pub Crawl 6:00 pm
New Years Eve Pub Crawl @ Downtown Taylor
Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
WELCOME 2020 ! Join us for our 2nd annual New Years Even Pub Crawl in downtown Taylor. Local bars and venues come together together to celebrate the year’s end and welcome the new. We’ll start[...]