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.
Stop by one or all of our world-famous BBQ restaurants for a real taste of Texas BBQ!
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.
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 International BBQ Cook-Off
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
Junk Hippy Roadshow 9:00 am
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
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[...]
Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
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[...]