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.

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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Mistletoe Market 10:00 am
Mistletoe Market
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Mistletoe Market will feature handmade goods by local area Texas artists and artisans, including jewelry, ceramics, housewares, botanicals, woodwork, metalwork, fiber work, wearables and more. There will be holiday refreshments served throughout the event at[...]
Holiday Homes Tour 1:00 pm
Holiday Homes Tour
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour several of Taylor’s lovely historic homes. Tickets for sale at Vintage Affaire, Frills on Fourth, Curb Side Coffee, Taylor Chamber of Commerce. This event benefits the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society.
Annual Lighted Parade 7:00 pm
Annual Lighted Parade @ Historic Downtown Taylor
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
String those lights, practice those Christmas carols, and get your sleigh bells on…it’s time to roll down Main Street in Taylor for the annual lighted Taylor Christmas Parade! This event is hosted by the Taylor Area[...]
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Mistletoe Market 11:00 am
Mistletoe Market
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mistletoe Market will feature handmade goods by local area Texas artists and artisans, including jewelry, ceramics, housewares, botanicals, woodwork, metalwork, fiber work, wearables and more. There will be holiday refreshments served throughout the event at[...]
DIY & Wine – Get Kott Painting at Pilot Knob-Taylor 1:00 pm
DIY & Wine – Get Kott Painting at Pilot Knob-Taylor @ Pilot Knob Vineyard - Taylor
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sip on your favorite bottle of Pilot Knob wine, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with an experienced artist. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation. Canvas and all painting supplies provided. Light snacks and wine specials for[...]
Holiday Homes Tour 1:00 pm
Holiday Homes Tour
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tour several of Taylor’s lovely historic homes. Tickets for sale at Vintage Affaire, Frills on Fourth, Curb Side Coffee, Taylor Chamber of Commerce. This event benefits the Taylor Conservation and Heritage Society.
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Dec 8 @ 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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Kids Ornament Class 12:00 pm
Kids Ornament Class @ Art Off Center
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Kids Ornament Class: Ages 3+. Little ones will work on slabs to make ornaments for the upcoming holidays. The littles will decorate a slab with texture, then cut out holiday ornaments with our selection of[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Dec 20 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[...]
Art Night 6:30 pm
Art Night @ Taylor Public Library
Dec 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Taylor Public Library welcomes you to Coloring Night the third Thursday of each month 6:30 – 7:30 PM. All ages are welcome for all sorts of coloring. Colors and color pages will be provided, or[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Dec 23 @ 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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Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
Family Night – Crafts @ Taylor Public Library
Dec 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Taylor Public Library welcomes you to Family Night for activities, games, and more the fourth Thursday of each month 6:30 – 7:30 PM. For information please call the library at 512-352-3434.  
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Downtown Taylor New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl 8:00 pm
Downtown Taylor New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl @ Texas Beer Company, Black Sparrow Music Parlor, Taylor Station Bar
Dec 31 2018 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 1:00 am
DOWNTOWN TAYLOR PUB CRAWL! Downtown Taylor venues have come together to create (possibly the first) DOWNTOWN PUB CRAWL! We’ll start the night out at Texas Beer Co. at 8pm, move over to Black Sparrow at[...]