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Events & Programs

Our goal is to bring the community together with fun, family friendly, educational events that highlight the uniqueness of the area and the accomplishments of those who live and work here.

50th Anniversary Celebration 2023

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the West Kern Oil Museum, the museum will host a year of events in 2023. The events are meant to pay homage to our history, celebrate our success, and inspire future generations. 

We will begin the celebration in 2022 by unveiling our new logo and branding. In addition, we will be working with volunteers, partners, sponsors, and the community throughout the year to plan a year to remember. Furthermore, the celebration will be documented and become a part of our 50th Anniversary publication. This publication will showcase our community in all its glory with photographs, unique stories, timelines, and more. The publication will be available in the following year. 

We are looking forward to an exciting 2023!

Black Gold Gala

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2023


Celebrating the West Kern Oil Museum's 50th Year!

Join us for the Black Gold Gala at the Oildorado Event Center in Taft, CA! Get ready for a night of glitz, glamour, and all things black gold. This in-person event is the place to be if you're fan of preserving the history and culture of the West Side and love to have a good time.

Located at Oildorado Event Center, 501 North Street, Taft, CA 93268, USA, this gala will bring together a community dedicated to industry, history, and the culture of the area. Dress to impress and get ready to raise funds for the West Kern Oil Museum's 50th Anniversary.

Guests will enjoy a Live & Silent Auction, Gaming Tables, Bar, Photo Booth, Music, and more.

Each ticket will come with a $300 "Funny Money" voucher for game play, 2 drink tickets, food, and access to all event activities.

Don't miss out on this exclusive event! Grab your tickets now and get ready to celebrate the Black Gold Gala in style.

Fundraising for the West Kern Oil Museum

The West Kern Oil Museum plays a crucial role in educating visitors about the pioneering efforts and innovations that have shaped the oil industry in California and our West Kern culture. With its captivating exhibits and displays, the museum attracts not only local residents but also tourists from across the country and around the world.

As we strive to maintain and enhance the quality of our exhibits, programs, and facilities, we are thrilled to announce a momentous occasion that is fast approaching- the Black Gold Gala celebrating the West Kern Oil Museum’s 50th Anniversary. As we prepare to celebrate this significant milestone, we invite you to join us during this extraordinary event.

The Black Gold Gala is not just a celebration of longevity; it is a testament to the enduring commitment and unwavering support of individuals and organizations who have been instrumental in our journey. Over the past five decades, the West Kern Oil Museum has made a profound impact on historical and cultural preservation of the area, and this gala is an opportunity to reflect on our achievements, honor our legacy, and look forward to a future filled with continued growth and positive change.

Your support would directly contribute to the preservation of our historical artifacts and culture, the development of educational materials, and the improvement of visitor experiences at the museum.

Presented by

Live Auction Sponsor

Pacific Petroleum California, Inc.

Photo Booth Sponsor

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Champagne Toast Sponsor


Banquet Sponsor


Gaming Sponsor

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Driller Sponsor

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Pumper Sponsor

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Kern Patrol & Investigative Services

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December 15th-16th, 2023

The West Kern Oil Museum is bringing back Home for the Holidays for its second year! This is a safe and fun holiday event in Taft. The event will be hosted at the museum on Friday, December 15th and Saturday, December 16th.  Guests can enjoy viewing beautifully decorating Christmas trees from our local school and clubs, family friendly games, hands-on activities, crafts, photos with Santa & the Grinch, food, and more. Ticket can be purchased at the front gate the night of the event.

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