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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Create Your Own Succulent Wine Bottle Event 2:00 pm
Create Your Own Succulent Wine Bottle Event @ Pilot Knob Vineyard - Taylor
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The latest social gathering event featuring plants, terrarium, and wine. Join Pilot Knob Vineyard – Taylor for a fun evening of building your own Terrarium while you relax with a glass of wine. They will[...]
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Oct 13 @ 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[...]
Live Storytelling Event: Deep in the Heart of Taylor 6:00 pm
Live Storytelling Event: Deep in the Heart of Taylor @ Moody Museum
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The wheels are in motion to bring backyard storytelling to Taylor on October 13th courtesy of Friends of the Moody Museum. Our inaugural event, Deep in the Heart of Taylor, seeks to capture the town’s[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Oct 18 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
Oct 18 @ 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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Oktaylorfest at Texas Beer Company 11:00 am
Oktaylorfest at Texas Beer Company @ Texas Beer Company
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
We’re celebrating Taylor’s proud German and Czech heritage with our 3rd Annual Oktaylorfest party! We’ll have German and Czech food, live music and a wide variety of Oktoberfest beers from local craft breweries across Texas.[...]
Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Workshop 3:00 pm
Bean to Bar Chocolate Making Workshop @ Srsly Chocolate
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participants will make chocolate from bean to bar with SRSLY chocolate’s owner and chocolate maker, Bob Williamson. The workshop will go over all aspects of chocolate making. From sorting, cracking, winnowing and grinding cocoa beans[...]
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour 7:30 pm
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour
Oct 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Take a guided tour through Taylor’s historic downtown! Enjoy the architecture and history of “Old Taylor” during this moonlit stroll. Learn local history and lore from the darker side of Taylor’s past. Sponsored by the[...]
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Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
Family Night – Crafts @ Taylor Public Library
Oct 25 @ 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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Steins and ‘Stashes 6:30 pm
Steins and ‘Stashes @ Art Off Center
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Let’s get muddy! It’s Steins and ‘Stashes night and we’re feeling alright!! Join us at Art Off Center for a Friday night of pottery making and socializing with friends. Get a group together or make it[...]
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City-Wide Garage Sale 9:00 am
City-Wide Garage Sale @ Williamson County Expo Center
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm
Come one, come all. Let’s shop vintage, y’all! The City-Wide Garage Sale® is coming to Taylor! Williamson County Expo Center 5350 Bill Pickett Trail Taylor TX 76574 Austin’s Famous Vintage Market Since 1977™ A secret[...]
6th Annual Main Street Car Show 10:00 am
6th Annual Main Street Car Show
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Come join us for the 6th Annual Taylor Main Street Car Show! We’ll have classic and hot rod cars, trucks and motorcycles, kid’s activities, live music and local craft beer. Benefiting local charities, this is[...]
Haunted Station Halloween Party 7:00 pm
Haunted Station Halloween Party @ Taylor Station Bar
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Join us for a HAUNTED Station celebration October 27th at Taylor Station Bar! Have a SPOOKTACULAR time with a costume contest, drink specials and more!
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour 7:30 pm
Haunted Taylor Ghost Tour
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Take a guided tour through Taylor’s historic downtown! Enjoy the architecture and history of “Old Taylor” during this moonlit stroll. Learn local history and lore from the darker side of Taylor’s past. Sponsored by the[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Oct 28 @ 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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Halloween Spooktacular 6:00 pm
Halloween Spooktacular
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us on 3rd between Main and Talbot for Taylor’s annual Spooktacular Halloween event. There will be trick-or-treating, a costume contest at 7 pm on the steps of the City National Bank Building at 3rd[...]