Taylor is a Main Street Community and National Main Street City. The historic downtown offers shopping and dining. It's a primary stop on the Heart of Texas BBQ Trail. Murphy Park has a lake as well as a large egret rookery and water bird roost. Events include Main Street's Blackland Prairie Days in May, the International Barbecue Cook-Off in June, the Taylor Rodeo in July, the Main Street Car Show in October and the Parade of Lights in December.