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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Downtown Taylor New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl 8:00 pm
Downtown Taylor New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl @ Texas Beer Company, Black Sparrow Music Parlor, Taylor Station Bar
Dec 31 2018 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 1:00 am
DOWNTOWN TAYLOR PUB CRAWL! Downtown Taylor venues have come together to create (possibly the first) DOWNTOWN PUB CRAWL! We’ll start the night out at Texas Beer Co. at 8pm, move over to Black Sparrow at[...]
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The Williamson County Youth Expo 8:00 am
The Williamson County Youth Expo @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jan 5 @ 8:00 am – Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm
The Williamson County Youth Expo is an organization dedicated to the success of educating and cultivating the minds of today’s youth. This show is more to our youth and volunteers than, just a livestock show.[...]
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Taylor Second Saturday 10:00 am
Taylor Second Saturday
Jan 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
Jan 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[...]
Art Night 6:30 pm
Art Night @ Taylor Public Library
Jan 17 @ 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[...]
Go Fast Races Trainer Time 5:00 pm
Go Fast Races Trainer Time @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jan 17 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Trainer Time is a laid back less structured event to help prepare your horse for Saturdays Race. There are no exhibition pages, specific time slots or a certain order. Show up from 5-10 P.M. You[...]
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Dogz Rule! Flyball
Dogz Rule! Flyball @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jan 19 – Jan 20 all-day
Flyball is a dog sport where teams of four dogs race against each other over a line of hurdles to a springloaded box, “catch” a tennis ball from the box and then race back to[...]
Go Fast Races Barrel Race 7:00 am
Go Fast Races Barrel Race @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jan 19 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Go Fast Races is back with another big event! Entry Office opens at 7:00 A.M. with off stake exhibition following at 7:30 A.M. with morning slack at 9:00 A.M. 5D Open evening race begins at[...]
Taylor Garden Club Run for the Roses 5K 8:00 am
Taylor Garden Club Run for the Roses 5K @ Murphy Park
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
ABOUT 6th Annual 5K to benefit the Taylor Garden Club. Taylor Garden Club provides Scholarships for youths who are pursuing careers in ecology, horticulture, landscaping, arbor and forestry studies and other career fields relating to[...]
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Family Night – Crafts 6:30 pm
Family Night – Crafts @ Taylor Public Library
Jan 24 @ 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.  
Go Fast Races Jackpot Junkies Series 5:00 pm
Go Fast Races Jackpot Junkies Series @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Week night Jackpots for the Go Fast Junkie Racer that wants more than the weekend experience as well as an opportunity to work horses during the week! The race format is an Open 4D with[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Jan 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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Go Fast Races Jackpot Junkies Series 5:00 pm
Go Fast Races Jackpot Junkies Series @ Williamson County Expo Center
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Week night Jackpots for the Go Fast Junkie Racer that wants more than the weekend experience as well as an opportunity to work horses during the week! The race format is an Open 4D with[...]