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
We did it, Taft! Thank you to our sponsors for allowing us to bring fireworks back to Taft in 2013! Let's do it again! Donate today.
Where is Taft Located?
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12th Annual Taft Chamber Golf Classic
Saturday, October 26th 2013
6am registration, 7am shotgun start, 4 person teams, $125 per player, $500 per team, lots of great raffle prizes, payouts, and giveaways.
$20,000 Hole in One and $10,000 putting contest, Longest Drive and Closest to the Hole prizes also.
Annual Trout Fishing Derby
Saturday, November 16th 2013 | Buena Vista Lake
$20 adults, $10 kids.
Register at 400 Kern Street in Taft or in Bakersfield at Bob's Bait Bucket and The Fishin' Hole. Download registration form from our website or Facebook. Prize payouts for each age group. Great family fun! Pre-register and pick up your wristband Friday before the tournament.
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.