The Best of Places
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 - 2014 Fundraiser

All Community funded fireworks show.
Make a donation today at:
400 Kern Street, Taft

Taft Fireworks Show 2014 Fundraier

We did it Taft, two years in a row! Thank you to our sponsors and donors for helping bring Fireworks to Taft!

Where is Taft Located?

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Upcoming Events

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Taft Chamber Oktoberfest

Carnival and Concert Series October 16-19, 2014 on the Rails to Trails (6th Street & Supply Row). Join the Taft Chamber for a fun event featuring a carnival, bands, food, vendors, beer garden, and more! Purchase tickets at a discounted price at the Chamber office.

13th Annual Taft Chamber Golf Classic

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Buena Vista Golf Course, 7am. Sign up your team for a chance to win cash prizes with additional contests including long drive, putting contest, closest to the hole, and win $20,000 for a hole-in-one. Accepting teams of 4 and receive a goodie bag, team sign up, participation, drinks, and dinner and a chance to win lots of great raffle prizes!

Annual Taft Chamber Trout Fishing Derby

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Buena Vista Lake Webb, 6am-2pm. Get there early to claim your spot! Heaviest trout caught gets $1,000 with prizes in all age categories. $20 adults, $10 children and you can register at the Taft Chamber at 400 Kern Street or Bob's Bait Bucket at 2131 Chester in Bakersfield.

Taft Christmas Parade

Monday, December 1, 2014 on Center Street, 6pm. Anyone can enter their group, organization, or individuals in the parade. Contact the Chamber at 661-765-2165 for more information.

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.

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