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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Bird Expo 9:00 am
Bird Expo @ Williamson County Expo Center
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This BEIT EVENT will feature thousands of birds and bird-related products, including food cages, toys, and much, much more! All solf by independent breeders and merchandise vendors.
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market 9:00 am
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market @ Heritage Square Pavilion
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kick off Fall 2019 with the Taylor Heritage Square Farmers Market on Main! The Market will start on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Square Pavilion. The Market is scheduled[...]
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The Real Texas Gun Show
The Real Texas Gun Show @ Williamson County Expo Center
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day
The Real Texas Gun Show is proud to be a place where small mom and pop vendors share the floor with large dealers that buy, sell, and trade firearms at our shows. Our Vendors are[...]
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market 9:00 am
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market @ Heritage Square Pavilion
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kick off Fall 2019 with the Taylor Heritage Square Farmers Market on Main! The Market will start on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Square Pavilion. The Market is scheduled[...]
Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Oct 12 @ 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
Oct 17 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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Bluebonnet Horse Expo 9:00 am
Bluebonnet Horse Expo @ Williamson County Expo Center
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Bluebonnet Horse Expo is a day-long educational, adoption, and fundraising event for Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society – and it includes something for all horse lovers and enthusiasts! Equine professionals will be educating attendees on[...]
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market 9:00 am
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market @ Heritage Square Pavilion
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kick off Fall 2019 with the Taylor Heritage Square Farmers Market on Main! The Market will start on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Square Pavilion. The Market is scheduled[...]
Haunted Taylor – Original Ghost Tour 7:30 pm
Haunted Taylor – Original Ghost Tour
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
HISTORY Revel in tales of Taylor’s rough and tumble past and the stories behind many familiar buildings (and the structures that preceded them) in our historic downtown. MYSTERY Learn of strange happenings in the heart[...]
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2019 Main Street Car Show
2019 Main Street Car Show @ Downtown Taylor
Oct 26 all-day
Join us in Historic Downtown Taylor for our 7th Annual Main Street Car Show on Saturday, October 26th. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever! ADMISSION: Free – General Public Event[...]
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market 9:00 am
Taylor Main Street Farmer’s Market @ Heritage Square Pavilion
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kick off Fall 2019 with the Taylor Heritage Square Farmers Market on Main! The Market will start on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Heritage Square Pavilion. The Market is scheduled[...]
Taylor’s 7th Annual Main Street Car Show 10:00 am
Taylor’s 7th Annual Main Street Car Show
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us in Historic Downtown Taylor for our 7th Annual Main Street Car Show on Saturday, October 26th. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever! Free – General Public Event Admission[...]
Haunted Taylor – Original Ghost Tour 7:30 pm
Haunted Taylor – Original Ghost Tour
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
HISTORY Revel in tales of Taylor’s rough and tumble past and the stories behind many familiar buildings (and the structures that preceded them) in our historic downtown. MYSTERY Learn of strange happenings in the heart[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Oct 27 @ 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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