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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Texcellent Trop Rock Thursday Brooke Graham and Dan Sullivan 5:00 pm
Texcellent Trop Rock Thursday Brooke Graham and Dan Sullivan
Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm
Drinking Texas presents a live recording of their KBSR radio show with special guests Brook Graham and Dan Sullivan. A night of Tropical Americana/Rock that you don’t want to miss! Schedule: 5 pm: Live Recording[...]
Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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Two Tons of Steel 8:00 pm
Two Tons of Steel
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Two Tons of Steel @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed[...]
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The Swingin’ Jills 8:30 pm
The Swingin’ Jills
Aug 6 @ 8:30 pm
Comedians by day, Musicians by night these 2 have the skills to entertain you! Jill’s of all trades and loves to play music live! $5 Cover
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Live! At Black Sparrow Music Parlor 12:00 pm
Live! At Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Live! At Black Sparrow Music Parlor @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Join WM. Barrett Simms for brunch at the Black Sparrow Music Parlor from noon to 2 pm!
Monthly Pinball Tournament 2:15 pm
Monthly Pinball Tournament
Aug 7 @ 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[...]
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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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Blue Vibe 8:30 pm
Blue Vibe
Aug 12 @ 8:30 pm
Austin, TX-based Blue Vibe performs powerful blues, rock, soul, and funk classics. Blue Vibe is fronted by Timeca Seretti, a professional actress (Friday Night Lights, NCIS: New Orleans et al), comedian (Esther’s Follies), producer, and[...]
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Aug 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[...]
Jay Satellite w/ Economy Island & the Swift Drag 9:00 pm
Jay Satellite w/ Economy Island & the Swift Drag
Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 14 @ 12:30 am
Jay Satellite w/ Economy Island & the Swift Drag @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Jay Satellite returns to Black Sparrow Music Parlor with special guests Economy Island and The Swift Drag!
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The Hex Dispensers with OD-EX Matinee 4:00 pm
The Hex Dispensers with OD-EX Matinee
Aug 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Hex Dispensers with OD-EX Matinee @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Spooky Austin garage punks the Hex Dispensers called it a day back in 2017, but are back for a limited run of 2022 reunion shows in Texas and Europe. Opener OD-EX is the solo project[...]
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Taylor Third Thursday
Taylor Third Thursday
Aug 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[...]
Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
Studio 40 Birthday Party 7:00 pm
Studio 40 Birthday Party
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm
Studio 40 Birthday Party @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Sarah Fisher turns the Big 40 A ’70s and ’80s Dance Party! No cover Come dressed in your favorite ’70s or ’80s garb.
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The Meteors with Special Guest Giddy Up Go 8:00 pm
The Meteors with Special Guest Giddy Up Go
Aug 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Meteors with Special Guest Giddy Up Go @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
The Meteors are an English psychobilly band formed in 1980. Originally from London, England, they are often credited with giving the psychobilly subgenre — which fuses punk rock with rockabilly — its distinctive sound and[...]
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Ben Brown at Black Sparrow Music Parlor 8:00 pm
Ben Brown at Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Aug 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ben Brown performs with longtime bandmates, Alex Moralez, and Roger Wuthrich, featuring favorites from The Savage Poor, No Show Ponies, and special guests.
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Back To The Class Bash 4:00 pm
Back To The Class Bash
Aug 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Back To The Class Bash @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Back to Class Bash with some amazing youth bands from the Central Texas area. Crystal Skulls, K8 and the Krushers, Rising Ivy, and more!
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Comedy Thursdays 7:00 pm
Comedy Thursdays
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Live Comedy every Thursday 7 PM-9:30 PM. No cover.
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FEA with The Black Birds 8:30 pm
FEA with The Black Birds
Aug 26 @ 8:30 pm
FEA with The Black Birds @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
The Black Birds Original rock & roll. If you dig the likes of Johnny Thunders and The Runaways then you’ll probably like The Black Birds. FEA San Antonio-based band Fea embodies one of the most[...]
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Blaggards at Black Sparrow Music Parlor 8:30 pm
Blaggards at Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Aug 27 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Blaggards at Black Sparrow Music Parlor @ Black Sparrow Music Parlor
Blaggards return to Black Sparrow Music Parlor!
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show
Aug 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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