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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Taylor International BBQ Cook-Off
Taylor International BBQ Cook-Off @ Murphy Park
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day
The Taylor International Barbeque Cookoff will return to Taylor’s Murphy Park on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. So get ready to bring your rig and get smokin’ in the park or to come by and[...]
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The Real Texas Gun Show
The Real Texas Gun Show @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jun 8 – Jun 9 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 Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Jun 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[...]
Pottery for Paws 6:00 pm
Pottery for Paws @ Art Off Center
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Art Off Center to help raise funds for Texas Critter Crusaders during their Pottery for Paws events. You can purchase a bisque food dish for your pet and raise money for Texas Critter Crusaders[...]
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Junk Hippy Roadshow 9:00 am
Junk Hippy Roadshow @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Junky Hippy will be in the Williamson County Expo in Taylor, TX for one day only! Whether your vintage style is BOHO, retro, farmhouse, industrial, midcentury or sHaBbY, they’ve got it! Always just $5 at[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Jun 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
Jun 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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Chocolate Making Workshop 3:00 pm
Chocolate Making Workshop @ SRSLY Chocolate
Jun 22 @ 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[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Jun 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
Jun 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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Hand-Painted Bon Bon Workshop 2:00 pm
Hand-Painted Bon Bon Workshop @ SRSLY Chocolate
Jun 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join SRSLY chocolate’s co-owner, Robin Simoneaux-Williamson, for an in-depth and hands-on exploration of bon bons. Situated inside our chocolate factory in beautiful downtown Taylor, TX, students will paint, shell, fill and cap bon bons from[...]
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