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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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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Bill Palmer & Wayne Sutton – LIVE RECORDING (w/ Jeremy Nail) 8:30 pm
Bill Palmer & Wayne Sutton – LIVE RECORDING (w/ Jeremy Nail)
Dec 2 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
LIVE RECORDING – this show will be recorded and made into a live EP. There will be extra audio equipment set up around the room on this night. Texas Native story-telling, singer/songwriters, Bill Palmer and[...]
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Very Merry Holiday Celebration 7:00 pm
Very Merry Holiday Celebration
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm
Very Merry Holiday Celebration
Join the City of Taylor for a Very Merry Holiday Parade and Celebration on Saturday, December 3. All are welcome to participate in the City-sponsored parade, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Main Street.[...]
Skloss, Le Gargoyle, Galactic Protector 8:00 pm
Skloss, Le Gargoyle, Galactic Protector
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
8 pm – Galactic Protector 9 pm – Le Gargoyle 10 pm – Skloss $5 cover – goes straight to bands SKLOSS – a husband and wife psychedelic noise rock duo based in Austin, TX[...]
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Monthly Pinball Tournament 2:15 pm
Monthly Pinball Tournament
Dec 4 @ 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[...]
Beer Pairing Block Party 6:00 pm
Beer Pairing Block Party
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Greenhouse Craft Food, Black Sparrow Music Parlor, & Texas Beer Company join forces to welcome Mixtape to the block! 4 courses/ 4 beers $50 plus tax and gratuity. 2 courses each from Chef Ryan Davenport[...]
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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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OPEN MIC NIGHT 8:00 pm
OPEN MIC NIGHT
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
OPEN MIC NIGHT @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
We open our stage and offer one of our awesome engineers to the public for 3 hours. Music, Comedy, Spoken Word. Sign-up begins at 7 pm. The show starts at 8 pm. Ends when it’s[...]
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Dec 10 @ 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[...]
Hip Hop Holiday 8:00 pm
Hip Hop Holiday
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 11 @ 12:00 am
Hip Hop Holiday @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Hip Hop Holiday Toon Squad Presents Rap Hippie Naymen Jacob Rangel (with band) Dat Boy JP Blue The Culprit
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Dec 15 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
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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FEA & The Black Birds 8:30 pm
FEA & The Black Birds
Dec 16 @ 8:30 pm
San Antonio-based band FEA embodies one of the most vital tenets of punk: total and unapologetic freedom, fearlessly expressed with both fury and joy. If you dig the likes of Johnny Thunders and The Runaways[...]
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Dale Watson and His Lonestars 8:00 pm
Dale Watson and His Lonestars
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Dale Watson and His Lonestars @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Dale Watson and his Lonestars return to Black Sparrow Music Parlor! Local musician Brooke Graham will open the show. Doors open at 7:30 The show is at 8 pm
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The Ghosts of Christmas Past 7:00 pm
The Ghosts of Christmas Past
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Ghosts of Christmas Past @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Join us in the Parlor for a Delicious Holiday Meal and Chilling Tales of Peculiars and Spectres in True Victorian Fashion. A Victorian Christmas tradition was the gathering of loved ones around the hearth of[...]
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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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The Genders Punk Rock Xmas Show 8:00 pm
The Genders Punk Rock Xmas Show
Dec 23 @ 8:00 pm
The Genders Punk Rock Xmas Show Black Sparrow is proud to have The Genders (and friends) back on stage for a show with a Christmas twist! 8 – 8:30 pm – The Tasteless Treats 9[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show
Dec 25 @ 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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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Dec 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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A Mystical New Year 8:00 pm
A Mystical New Year
Dec 31 2022 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2023 @ 1:00 am
Black Sparrow welcomes you to an enchanting evening to bring in the New Year. Music by Scarlet’s Eyes, Hosted by Alecia & Chella of Brujaja, with Tarot, Astrology Readings, and a Burn Ritual in the[...]