Taft is nestled in a small valley in the southern foothills of the Temblor Mountain Range in the heart of California's oil country. We are located 7 miles north of Maricopa, 35 SW of Bakersfield, two hours away from Los Angeles, and a short 100 mile drive as the main San Joaquin Valley access to the Central Coast beach cities. Taft is a growing area, home to 18,000 residents and numerous companies who enjoy friendly neighbors, temperate climates that find us well above the fog line, while enjoying a bustling economy.
Taft is 'Energized for the Future'. There is an abundance of available land for development around the City with planned housing developments and industrial parks in the works. In the heart of the City, along the Rails to Trails, new revitalization and new economic redevelopment projects are in the early stages to add to the shopping experience of the Old Down Town.
Designated as the Gateway to the Carrizo Plains National Monument, Taft is also a Destination City offering a number of activities for families to enjoy: the Historic Fort; West Kern Oil Museum; Tule Elk Reserve; Honolulu Hills Raceway; Buena Vista Lake and the Buena Vista Golf Course; skydiving at Taft Airport; some of the largest oilfields in California; and four wheeling in the Temblor Range overlooking Taft and the Carrizo Plains. There's always some thing to do year round to fit your needs.
Come and looks us over. Stay, play, visit, learn, and enjoy all about the small town charm of one of California's hidden treasures.
Taft Fireworks Show - 2013 Fundraiser
Sponsored by: Westside Waste Management
All Community funded fireworks show.
Make a donation today at:
400 Kern Street, Taft
Where is Taft Located?
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Cinco de Mayo
Sunday, May 5th | 12pm-5pm on 5th Street Plaza
Mexican food, Mariachi music, Bounce houses, Craft & Business Vendors, Mexican beers and margaritas, Free to attend.
5th Annual Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show
Saturday, June 8th
Registration 7am-9am, Judging begins at 10am, Awards in each category, Dash Plaques, Beer Garden, Food & Craft Vendors, Bounce Houses, Live Music, Free to Attend
$25 Pre-registration, $30 After June 1
(First Friday Cruising Center Street with a Concert on 5th Street Plaza, Friday June 7 at 6pm)
First Friday Cruising Center Again
On the First Friday of each month, people are encouraged to come downtown, bring a chair and some friends and watch as classic cars, motorcycles, and the like cruise Center Street from 6:00-10:00pm. Each month the Chamber will have a new and exciting event to include in First Friday Cruise Nights.