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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CTHJA Summer Circuit Championship
CTHJA Summer Circuit Championship @ Williamson County Expo Center
Aug 8 – Aug 11 all-day
The Central Texas Hunter Jumper Association is dedicated to providing an optimal show circuit for the greater Austin and surrounding areas. The CTHJA Summer Circuit is a three-show series. This laid back event would be[...]
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Movie in the Park 8:30 pm
Movie in the Park @ Heritage Square Ampitheatre
Aug 9 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Scheduled movie: “How to Train Your Dragon” — Free and family friendly; bring chairs, blankets, snacks and enjoy! Will begin at Dusk or by 8:30 pm.
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The Real Texas Gun Show
The Real Texas Gun Show @ Williamson County Expo Center
Aug 10 – Aug 11 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
Aug 10 @ 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
Aug 15 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[...]
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TexMex Fest 3:00 pm
TexMex Fest @ Williamson County Expo Center
Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Showtimes 3:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Ticket Outlets: Taylor Press (512) 352-8535 La Familia Enterprises (254) 773-1775 Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce (512) 352-6364 For more information, call La Familia Enterprises (254) 773-1775 The Williamson[...]
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Dogz Rule! Flyball
Dogz Rule! Flyball @ Williamson County Expo Center
Aug 24 – Aug 25 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[...]
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G21 Car Show 9:00 am
G21 Car Show @ Bealls
Aug 25 @ 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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Central Texas Dressage Society Mini Show VII
Central Texas Dressage Society Mini Show VII @ Williamson County Expo Center
Aug 30 – Aug 31 all-day
Central Texas Dressage Society is a non-profit to promote and educate people about the equine sport of Dressage. Central Texas Dressage Society will be holding a mini(schooling) show for our member to practice and gain[...]
Couples’ Night Sip & Spin 6:30 pm
Couples’ Night Sip & Spin @ Art Off Center
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sip and Spin Couples Date Night Let’s get muddy! It’s Couples Date Night 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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